A range of technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality are coming together to revolutionise the way healthcare professionals can treat patients and develop new cures.
A new revolution is being launched to change healthcare for the better, as the emergence of big data, cloud technologies, smartphone adoption becomes more prominent and there is a need to link data together to gain new relevant insights.
This revelation has sparked a wave in robotic operations and will hopefully enable surgeons across the globe to perform robotic operations from other continents, without travelling to the exact location.
Most of us are familiar with technology such as wearable fitness monitors and health apps, which is a step in the right direction to transforming people’s lives. However, more hospitals across the UK are initiating ‘virtual visits’ from doctors, delivered via portable video devices, which could potentially save more lives.
There is the argument that two-way cameras could be implemented into homes where people live alone. One camera would be for the patients to talk to medical staff and the other camera would be used to monitor things such as blood pressure. This could help to reduce the number of deaths that take place at home and for healthcare professionals to act quickly to a patient’s illness.
In other countries more, patients are going in for operations with real-time location tracking systems. It’s just placed next to their beds and this helps them to inform their loved ones when they’re successfully out of surgery, which if implemented in the UK could help reduce patients stress levels when in a hospital.
Other technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality are becoming more affordable. For example, the Samsung Gear VR Headset costs approximately £100 and could eventually make a real impact on healthcare, as it helps coach patients to recover from surgery and encourages them to enter the aftercare process quicker.
Some may argue that the best way to treat patients and to improve healthcare overall, is to unlock the data and cross-reference a patient’s file details with others to gain better insights. However, there is the patient confidentiality issue and how many patients would want to share their personal files for health research? Perhaps, for now small technological advancements will help us to shape a better healthcare system in the future.
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