By Enterprise Technology Review | Friday, March 08, 2019
Technology dominates lives, and technological developments have had an incredibly positive effect on the healthcare sector. Health technology has profoundly influenced the improvement of human health and increasing life expectancy.
Technological developments have influenced the progress made in cancer research and more extended survival rates. Health technology played a role in saving 1.2 million lives between 1991 and 2009 thanks to progress in the treatment and detection of cancer. Diseases such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s can now be significantly reduced by stem cell research, and surprisingly, all these advancements have been on the back of technological advancement—big data, data analytics, AI/ML, robotics, advancements in imaging, genomics research, and IoT.
Assistive technologies, mobile applications, and robotics have assisted the disabled community — Apple watch has been in the news after its launch for all the right reasons in saving lives. Robots are helping the elderly in Japan; they are also assisting Paralytics patients.
Big data, the gold or oil of the 21st century, will also play a vital role in the healthcare industry. Endpoint users will benefit from earlier disease prediction, better diagnosis, and analysis of the problems and, of course, better health statistics coverage across different departments.
The tracking of a person’s health has become much easier thanks to the many gadgets and wearables now available. For example, the Guardian Connect system is a package that helps people with diabetes and who take insulin regularly. Not only can these technologies track body data in real time, but they also alert advanced alerts based on predictive technology.
Health sensors also make their way to various gadgets and scenarios. One can now find smartphones and smart clocks that track heartbeat and blood pressure. These sensors should reach other areas such as driverless cars and clothes that people wear. Its idea is to keep the person under these sensors.
Gadgets are also helpful for the community of doctors. A doctor can obtain a comprehensive overview of a person’s health by looking at a simple smartphone application. This would make the diagnosis as easy as possible. Hospitals would surely be able to use and integrate the health sensor data to create an electronic medical recourse in the future.
There are concerns about data protection and security, especially given that private companies are entering this game. Each country now needs strong laws and frameworks to maintain the ethical application of technology in the health sector. Even the widespread nature of artificial intelligence is now regarded as a danger.
Technological advancements in the healthcare industry are welcome, and the baton of progress should be taken forward, but under government and citizen oversight.