Going Digital: The Changing Face of Healthcare
July 12, 2022
The health sector finds itself in a third age of technological revolution.
Some 70 years ago, health companies, in line with those in other industries, began using fledgeling technology to process large amounts of data and automate tasks like accounting and payroll. Then in the 1970s, further advancements in technology brought about the basis for the National Health Service’s modern-day IT systems.
These were important steps but fell far short of full digital integration. Partly because highly networked technology simply wasn’t there yet, and partially because the innovations focused on streamlining working practices rather than dramatically improving the patient experience.
With wireless technology now ubiquitous and a portable computer in everyone’s pocket as standard, the stage is finally set for true digital transformation in healthcare.
Here, we look at how digital healthcare is transforming the industry by finally putting patients first.
Healthcare is now available on-demand
The obvious starting point when looking at digital transformation and innovation in healthcare is how the industry adapted during the global pandemic.
Prompted by the world being ordered to stay at home, healthcare went mobile in the past year like never before. Consultants turned to telemedicine to fulfil patient appointments, prescriptions became digital and introduction of new technologies in the body vitals testing field
Backed by increased healthcare app development and the ongoing rollout of 5G, on-demand healthcare is here to stay as an established part of our new normal.
Cutting edge technologies!
With efforts to make the entire system remote, the birth of technologies such as Binah.ai are revolutionising the way health parameters of patients are collected. An AI-powered, video-based, 100% software solution that easily integrates into any app or workflow to allow measurement of a wide range of health parameters, using only the end-user’s smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Multiple parameter are collected during the process including: blood pressure, heart rate, heart rate variability (multiple parameters and RRI raw data), oxygen saturation, breathing rate, sympathetic stress, parasympathetic activity, and pulse-respiration quotient (PRQ).
Such systems are revolutionising how telemedicine has been determined to work, allowing doctors to make better informed decisions, easy accessibility and make healthcare more affordable.
Big Data is making for better patient experiences
The wider proliferation of Cloud computing and 5G in 2022 are giving healthcare providers access to big data in ways like never before – and patients are reaping the benefits.
On one hand, having all of that data means healthcare services can make sensible decisions around things like staffing levels and respond according to health risks.
On the other hand, those same deductive powers can be turned towards gaining a better understanding of diseases – such as one Covid-19 study by King’s College London that discovered six distinct types of the virus by asking users to log their health symptoms on a daily basis.
The more Big Data is applied to these avenues, the more efficiently health services will run, and the more healthcare workers will find themselves well-placed to help patients get better.
And AI is making everything more efficient
Where big data gives researchers an incredible degree of information and understanding, AI is being used to assist them in understanding it and coming up with ways forward.
From suggesting treatment plans that consultants sign off on, to lending a hand adapting working schedules, and designing drugs for human use, AI is undoubtedly one of the most exciting digital trends in the healthcare industry. It could even help to secure the supply chain, with AI-powered software able to help hospitals predict when drug shortages might occur so they can get ahead of the problem.
Patients are more informed
Lastly, digital transformation in healthcare has fundamentally altered the doctor-patient dynamic by allowing patients to arrive at appointments with a better understanding of their conditions and potential treatment options.
This can be a double-edged sword, of course. A hurriedly-Googled self-diagnosis can be a recipe for the kind of stresses that actually cause real illnesses! But when directed well, more information can grant patients an element of agency and ownership over their health which is more likely to lead to successful treatment.
Helping ensure better patient outcomes
At Liorra Tech, we offer several avenues for digital transformation and innovation in healthcare. They include:
- Bespoke web applications, built to optimise workflows.
- Fully fledged systems including mobile apps, web apps, dashboards to automate systems
- Integrate external technologies to your existing systems such as a virtual vital testing module
- And Cloud-based technologies that can solve your data challenges and help your people work more efficiently.
Interested in how we can help your healthcare business to transform? Get in touch with us today to discuss your software needs.