With the resurgence of COVID-19’s scourge in the wake of 2022, one thing that would surely come close on the heels of a fresh vault of cases is the greater degree of preparedness exhibited by the healthcare sector. This, in turn, is not just a mere assumption backed by some medical agency’s data rather, a cogent relationship shared between technology and healthcare delivery that evolved over the tumultuous years of the pandemic.
Furthermore, the access to healthcare services had also shot up manifold in the past two years owing to the convergence between healthcare and technology giving rise to a newer realm of technology innovations. Therefore, as we head into the future, it becomes imperative to time-travel the future, to foresee key technology trends that would unleash rich dividends in the healthcare industry. So, without further ado, let’s dig deeper into this article to unravel the key technology trends in the healthcare sector.
Technology Trends in Healthcare
- Egging on the Organ-Transplant Technology with Bioprinting
Organ transplantation is certainly the most underutilized aspect of healthcare delivery, given the dubious nature of transactions involved in the purchase of organs as well as the vast number of global beneficiaries. In addition to this, the excessive delay in the transportation of organs serves as another major impediment to a successful rate of organ transfusion. The recourse to the above problem could only be achieved through constant intervention in Organ care technology paving the way for state-of-the-art Bioprinting technology.
Bioprinting technology, which is currently in the stage of clinical testing, would proffer a befitting alternative to conventional organs through a unique concept of 3D printed organs working on the principle of 3D printing. To achieve this feat, simulation of human tissues is achieved using bio links that when combined with human cells cultivate a highly responsive matrix structure, which renders a greater degree of compatibility with diverse recipients.
- Future-Proof Breakthroughs in IoT & Healthcare
IoT, commonly known as the “Internet of Things”, has recently emerged as a technology marvel that offers wider application in both the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. For instance, the innovation of Smart Pills came as a shot in the arm to the incumbent debate of generic Vs custom medicines. In this regard, smart pills are edible electronics that offer real-time patients’ health statistics to their caregivers and help them timely prevent any complications. In a similar fashion, Bio patches are another major technology disruption that is capable of offering valuable insights into patients’ vitality thereby, eliminating the need for digital equipment for the same.
- Harnessing the Big Data for Predictive Health Metrics
It is no surprise when a tremendous amount of patients’ health-related data remain stacked in the form of Electronic Health Records(EHR), without them being used for deriving valuable insights. In other words, interoperability of accumulated data is deemed as essential in determining the key metrics such as longevity of any disease, prevention of chronic diseases, and identification of risk groups among patients. Such voluminous data can be processed as Big data for reaping credible insights leveraging the usability of EHR records and offering real-time predictive analytics.
- Medical Settings Fabricated with AR & MR technologies
The two key buzzwords heralding in the new healthcare setting are Augmented Reality(AR) and Mixed Reality(MR) wherein, the former binds digital elements to live streaming while the latter combines both real-world and virtual-world experiences. While taking cognizance of present-day healthcare settings, it becomes well evident that the acute crunch of medical staff makes it practically impossible for every medical practitioner to dispense their service in every nook and corner. In this light, AR & MR-enabled technologies could pitch in as a resource for undertaking tasks such as remote surgery and telepathy wherein, practitioners from across the globe can perform surgeries without any in-house expert.
- Reinforce your Drug Supply Chain with Blockchain
A compromised supply chain may not only turn out to be a compliance breach, but at times it may also cost dearly to the health and safety concerns of the patients. In this light, when taking stock of the drug supply chain, which shows great susceptibility to counterfeiting, it becomes evident how essential transparency is throughout the entire drug supply chain. Hence, in recent times, Blockchain technology can be viewed as the only resort to avert the malpractices of counterfeit medicines, ineffective storage, leading to the gray market. With the onset of Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs), the application of Blockchain technology gained unprecedented momentum, since the former may be useful in ensuring the integrity of medicines through non-changeable digital tokens.
As this article reaches its completion, one can clearly identify the key technology trends emanating from the incumbent healthcare infrastructure. These trends are an outcome of the shortcomings and vulnerabilities that need to be addressed in the first place. However, what still needs to be addressed is the scale at which the mutation from existing technologies to futuristic ones can be achieved and the associated costs.
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