The pandemic had left the whole world debilitated. It had disrupted every sphere of life: it did not spare any section of the society. Every domain, be it education, stock market, businesses, even grocery stores, was brought to an abrupt standstill. The world would have been in a much worse condition had it not been for those who spent countless sleepless nights tending to the affected, for those because of whom the virus got controlled to such a great extent while they sat exhausted in the rooms trying to catch a breath.
It was, of course, the healthcare sector. Covid-19 took the world by surprise, but the healthcare sector stood up to the challenge. They managed the patients when the bed were in shortage and managed the needy when the virus was at its peak. If the virus is fading away today and the world is beginning to get back on its feet, the healthcare of every city of every country has played a major role in it.
But the initial stages of the pandemic had asked some serious questions on the healthcare facilities present in various countries. Only a few of them were equipped enough to tackle the problem. It was the sheer willpower and the dedication towards their duty because of which the doctors were able to fight back.
However, parallel to it, the world was taking massive strides in digital development. It witnessed the advancement of digitalization in healthcare that was supposed to happen in the next decade.
It is now then that the natural question arises, how can these two domains be combined to work together to make the healthcare sector improve for the year 2021 and ahead?
Digitalization In Healthcare
The digital world and the healthcare world can be combined to give the best of both worlds. In the future, it would be beneficial for the patient as well as the doctor. Here is some digitalization of healthcare trends that could follow in 2021 and onwards:
EASE OF APPOINTMENT
Because of the fast-paced world, time is of the essence for most people. With this shortage of time, more and more focus is being shifted towards on-demand healthcare so that people can avail it at their convenience. At the same time, it would also be beneficial for the private practitioners of medicine to tap into this opportunity and grow their practice.
It would allow them to have multiple patients with the trend becoming pervasive with each passing day. Shifting clinics to online mode could also prove advantageous in times like these when stepping out of the house to even buy groceries is uncertain.
In businesses with a large amount of data generated daily, it becomes imperative to analyze this data to provide intelligent solutions. Similarly, in healthcare, the data of the patients are of crucial importance. And with widespread healthcare large amount of such information is being generated. This data is becoming increasingly difficult to manage in physical format. Subsequently shifting, it to the digital platforms proves to be a viable alternative. The data so gathered could also provide great insights.
For instance, any medicine prescribed to a patient might be harmful to him/her if the doctor mistakenly overlooks a detail in their record. Big data would identify this inconsistency and prevent any future hindrances. Apart from this, many patients stepping into the emergency room have a history and are prone to few recurring health issues. Big data could help chart a course of action for such patients who would help them avoid their trip to the emergency room.
These are some of the benefits that big data could provide.
The advancement of technology has spurted so many innovations that it just becomes difficult to keep up!There are now wearable medical devices available in the market which would analyze your pulse, for instance, to tell you your heartbeat. This type of wearables is also a great tool to keep yourself fit, as they constantly remind you of the exercises you must perform, steps walked, etc.
It could also be correlated to big data by enabling the medical practitioners would have to collect the health data of their patients. It would help keep a track record of their health. These include sweat meters, oximeters, exercise trackers, etc.
With the advent of artificial intelligence, many avenues opened up. It could be used in the medical profession to detect even something as complex as diagnosing whether the tumor is benign or advanced.
Also, it would help take a predictive course of action for an ill patient in the absence of a doctor. It would be able to assist the doctor in surgery to reach those places which might be difficult for a human to reach physically. In Japan, some have even developed AI-enabled nurses who give the admitted patients their medication courses.
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Apart from the mentioned advantages, digitization could also help in:
1) Address specific patient requirements in a better manner.
2) Virtual care in desperate times, as such, would be possible.
3) Contactless treatment is possible.
4) Better precision in diagnosis.
5) Soon to be developed 5G technology for instant healthcare.
Healthcare is a field that would always require a human touch and a human insight. However, with digitalization in healthcare, the practitioners could also benefit as they would have assistance. It sometimes might even help to overcome any error made by the human.
Besides medicine, doctors can also increase their social media presence to reach out to the target audience. It would further help develop their practice. Apart from this, doctors could be reached at any time in case of emergencies, or medical facilities could be availed more efficiently.
The digital health products go through several tests before launching in the market and are made available for everyone’s use. It is made sure that any errors that might prove fatal will be avoided.
Smartwatches are available that regularly provide you with health updates, specific exercise watch to help you determine the number of calories you have burned and steps walked, etc., are available in the market.
With this digitalization in healthcare, the health sector would be able to tackle any foreseeable catastrophe such as this pandemic in the future and would at the same time make everyone’s life much easier!