DX has revolutionised the way we shop, bank and travel. Data analytics and connected devices together can transform every aspect of a business. Digital technologies are moving at a faster pace and are all set to influence our health and fitness. Healthcare industry has adopted digital transformation in a quest to deliver better healthcare experience. The technological evolutions have disrupted the Indian healthcare industry. The healthcare and pharmaceutical industries have gone digital and implemented a customer-centric approach in their system. The emerging technologies have enhanced the diagnosis, treatment and management in the healthcare industry.
Let us see how Digital Transformation is a game-changer in the healthcare industry.
1. Rise of Big Data in Medicine
Big data in healthcare ease the process of collecting, analysing and leveraging clinical data that is too complex to be processed by traditional methods of healthcare. Digitisation of the healthcare industry has encouraged the use of big data analytics for strategic decision-making. According to a survey, big data in healthcare is growing at a faster pace than other sectors. Big data in healthcare is estimated to reach $34.27 billion by the year 2022.
How is big data changing the healthcare scenario?
I. Internet of Things and big data analytics together are transforming the way we monitor clinical statistics. Constant monitoring of body vitals and analysing the data from sensors enables the doctors to identify potential healthcare issue and prescribe medicines to control the health condition.
II. Analysing the data from healthcare trackers can help the insurance companies to save cost by ensuring the patients do not spend time waiting in hospitals.
III. Digitising the hospital records enable to identify the chronic disorders of patients approaching the clinics frequently. This helps to provide better and customised care to high-risk patients.
IV. Leveraging big data to analyse user data can help to reduce human errors while prescribing medication. It verifies the patient data and suggests the potential medication to save lives.
2. Wearables to Monitor Health
Encouraging the quantum leap, wearable technology is paving the way for the emergence of opportunities in the healthcare sector. The technology has gained popularity, owing to its flexibility and ease of access. Wearables are the smart health monitors encouraging healthier lifestyles. They collect real-time personalised data for medical research.
How are wearables changing the healthcare landscape?
I. Wearables collect health and lifestyle data enabling to derive clinical insights. These insights update us with our health condition in general. It empowers us to have a more responsible attitude towards our health in our busy lives.
II. The wearables track your real-time activities like steps taken, calories intake, distance walked, heartbeat, etc. making fitness a new mantra. These devices have encouraged people to include fitness activities in their daily routine.
III. Wearable devices help you mitigate stress preventing health complications like obesity, headaches, diabetes, and anxiety in future. These devices measure skin pores to detect the level of stress and guide you to regain calm.
IV. The wearable technology is capable of discovering critical health conditions. Wearable screening device can be a boon for doctors and patients across the world.
Telemedicine is a combination of teleconferencing, document-sharing and mobile technology enhancing the healthcare quality. The technology offers healthcare to those who lack access to the service. Telemedicine has gained popularity in the medical fields like cardiology and dermatology to provide improved care to communities underserved by doctors. Telemedicine reduces the expense of treating critical health conditions.
How is Telemedicine contributing to the healthcare industry?
I. Telemedicine can diagnose and treat strokes better and faster. The sooner a strokes victim is treated, the more are the possibilities of survival.
II. Telemedicine technology in rehabilitation addresses the issues of patients discharged from ICU and ER. It remotely monitors patient’s pedometer readings, offers therapy sessions ensuring their exercise schedule is balanced.
III. Telemedicine has reduced deaths due to cardiovascular diseases. It recommends you the lifestyle changes and drugs preventing the high risk of these diseases.
IV. Telemedicine eases the task of sharing records among dentists. A specialist can suggest the best preventive measures to be taken with the help of this technology.
4. Rise of Blockchain in Healthcare
A decentralised system to record and maintain transactional and historical logs across a peer-to-peer network is termed as Blockchain. The emergence of Blockchain in the healthcare industry has triggered the digital transformation. With the potential to transform healthcare, Blockchain has placed the patients at the centre of the clinical ecosystem.
How is Blockchain technology improving healthcare operations?
I. Blockchain technology securely transfers patient’s records across the healthcare systems. It ensures the data is accessed in real-time and remains un-altered, reducing the cost of data reconciliation.
II. Blockchain optimises the supply chain maintaining the transparency of the pharmaceutical product. It allows the patients to access the drug information in real-time right from production to arrival at a retail pharmacy.
III. Blockchain enhances patient care with its unchangeable time-stamped records of clinical trials.
IV. Blockchain eases the task of implementing smart contracts improving the patient case management. The contract defines patient treatment goals enhancing the patient health monitoring system.
Conclusion: Digital transformation in medicine industry has given rise to the healthcare revolution. The evolving technologies have brought numerous changes in the industry enhancing the healthcare operations. The transformation has enabled fast and smooth coordination of doctors enabling better clinical care. People can now monitor their health improving their fitness and healthcare experience.
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