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Modern medicine is on its path to digitalization through various trends. By 2020 technology has had its impact on various industries, even though it sure has a big impact on healthcare, compared to other industries it still needs a little more time to have more impact. This week we wanted to summarize the top five trends in healthcare technology on its way to digitalization. Do not forget to check out further readings for more information.

1) Big Data

Big data is a big concept, as its name represents. It is basically the concept of all the information in the data systems in one big data archive which can analyze and set those data within the same system. Its important benefits for the healthcare industry includes but not limited to:

  • Lower rate of medication errors
  • Facilitating preventive care, which is an important concept for public health
  • More accurate staffing, which implies its importance on hospitals’ and clinics’ administrations.

These benefits are possible by big data’s solutions for all the data that is entered into the research sites and hospital administration systems. It is smart to invest on the big data for the healthcare facilitators.

2) On-Demand Healthcare

Consumers want things at their own convenience, on their own time, and wherever they happen to be. This is the case for most of the consumers, mainly due to the fact that people have become far more mobile in the past decade. The websites and mobile applications which provide direct contact to relevant healthcare providers are the best examples of this trend. Additionally those services make the healthcare providers on-demand as well, and the results of these services on the patient-doctor communication are not very clear since they are very new to us.

3) Wearable Medical Devices

Another important trend in digital transformation in healthcare is wearable medical devices. Companies collect their data from medical devices, including wearables. In the digital age it is a fact that the patients are not satisfied with once a year physical exam, rather they want to prevent and maintain their health. 

As a proactive strategy from healthcare companies we can observe the rise of wearable medical devices. Those devices include:

  • Heart rate sensors,
  • Exercise trackers,
  • Sweat meters,
  • Oximeters, which tracks the oxygen levels.

Other than prevention, personalization and gamification are also important factors for the growth in this industry

4) Blockchain

Blockchain does result in the cryptocurrency bubble we are facing, but it is surely not limited to it. It will play an increasingly important role in keeping the electronic health records accurate and safe. Blockchain is a digital ledger of transactions. When shared across computers, it can eliminate the errors that occur during exchange of financial information, since it allows this exchange without the third parties involved, such as banks.

Electronic health records (EHR) are an example that can be improved by the blockchain. It is a digital version of a person’s medical history, diagnoses, treatment plans, immunization dates, and test results. Blockchain technology helps the EHR become more protected, less prone to getting hacked, and also more accurate. This is one of the biggest trends on digital health, countries such as the UK and Australia have already started using it.

5) Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is not just a trend, rather it is the backbone of the digital transformation in healthcare. Nurse robots are now possible thanks to this technology, and not science-fiction. Actually you can imagine anything possible with AI that you have watched in science-fiction movies. 

AI has promises in areas like precision medicine, medical imaging, drug discovery, and genomics. For example top biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies are using machine learning algorithms to shorten the drug development cycle. As a result the number of AI startups has increased 14-fold since 2000.

Here is a summary of the trends we have mentioned in the blog by Digital Authority Partners, it is an insightful infographic:

As FluAI and Yesil Science we could not be insensible to these trends. We are one of the AI startups that have been founded since 2000, and it is a competitive yet joyful area to be working on. We hope that you enjoyed this blog about top five digital health trends, don’t forget to read further.

Further Readings:

https://www.mddionline.com/digital-health/top-five-digital-health-technology-trends 

References:

  1. Hodson R. (2019). Digital health. Nature, 573(7775), S97. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-019-02869-x 

Digital Transformation in Healthcare in 2020: 7 Key Trends. (2020, October 21). Retrieved December 02, 2020, from https://www.digitalauthority.me/resources/state-of-digital-transformation-healthcare/

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Elif Başak Alço

PM & CLINICAL TEAM

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