COVID 19 has affected every field of life and healthcare is one of them. Healthcare is always the last area that adopts any change due to the serious and uncompromisable nature of this profession. Where many hospitals and clinics are physically shutdowns after the pandemic hits the world. There was an immense need to design an online platform where patients can interact with the paramedical staff.
The app’s developers have proposed many solutions for providing healthcare services online. It is now time to implement those ideas. The Healthcare AI promises to provide reliable services, enhanced interoperability, increased accessibility, better patient experience, and cost-efficient alternative to face-to-face communication.
Artificial intelligence (AI)
Artificial intelligence is the paramount tool for AI consultants to dig out the relevant information from the bulk of data. The machines are transformed into intelligent context-aware robots that can perform a variety of self-driven tasks. The robot-assisted applications include automated image diagnosis, clinical trial participation, robot-assisted surgery, and dosage error detection.
Image analysis of the medical reports through automotive detection is the greatest advancement in the healthcare industry. The comparative analysis of the patient’s reports with his history and other patients’ conditions helps in determining the exact medical status of the patient. With this, the relevant healthcare specialists can prescribe the best suitable medicine to the patient. This detailed history revisions of every patient were not humanly possible before the advent of artificial intelligence.
In April 2020, 43.5% of the total clinical appointment took place virtually rather than in-person visits. The foremost reason for the adaptation of telemedicine is the absence of real contact between patients and healthcare workers. With the dangerous widespread of COVID 19, people are now afraid of stepping outside, especially the elderly people and the patients.
Telemedicine is facilitating patients and proved to be equally effective as compared to physical appointments. But the benefits are immense that’s why telemedicine holds a strong future. It seems like the telemedicine market would cross $185.6 billion by 2026.
With the increased significance of machine-driven tasks, the technical staff uploads the medical data over online servers instead of a heap of reports. The developments in IT motivated the healthcare app developers to design a cloud-based system for saving medical data over online servers. The data should be accessible from anywhere anytime.
Only relevant persons can access the medical records of the person through personalized access control. Cloud computing saves valuable time and increases record security. Through this advancement, the patients living in remote areas can also reach out to the best healthcare professionals. Cloud computing rips of the geographical barriers by granting access to the specialists of certain fields.
VR and AR in Healthcare
Virtual and Augmented reality has changed the learning and diagnosis processes like never before. Science fiction has changed into reality with this incredible development in the healthcare industry. Procedure simulations, understanding the working of an organ, therapies, and many other learning sessions are well supported by virtual reality.
As the name indicates, the VR/AR creates 3D modeling in front of the doctors that help him understand well. The medical students can learn better through overlays and thus efficient understanding leads to precise diagnosis and treatment.
As discussed earlier, the outburst of COVID 19 has transformed our daily lives. The physical contact is dropped in nearly every field and the game now shifts towards online dealings and working. Although through cloud computing, the data is stored over online servers to save time and mess. But the protection of that data is extremely important.
This can be ensured by developing various advanced algorithms, setting up authorized access, and use of dedicated apps for interaction between patients and doctors. Currently, in many cases, healthcare workers utilize facetime and skype for online assistance. These general public apps do not guarantee security. A solution to maintain privacy is to obtain a business associate exception but that can be difficult. Or create a more secure dedicated app that guarantees patient’s record security.
Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)
The emerge of the Internet of Medical Things has risen after the immense adaptation of the Internet of Things technology. The mobile phone and electronic devices fetch the patient’s data and route it over the network using an internet connection. Skin temperature, glucose, blood pressure, and heart rate can easily be monitored by a doctor remotely.
Statics predicts that by 2025, the IoT market will reach up to $6.2 trillion. While healthcare is holding 30% of the overall market in 2020. This trend can rise more even when the pandemic is over. People are feeling more relaxed in communicating with them remotely rather than physically to avoid contagious diseases.
The healthcare workers and the paramedical staff remained on the front foot during this unfortunate time of the COVID 19 pandemic. Putting their lives at risk, the healthcare providers, and paramedics are working day and night to ensure the patient’s well-being. Now is the time to transform the healthcare industry that builds a safer environment for doctors and patients. Globally, people are adopting these revolutionizing trends in healthcare. Artificial intelligence is stamping historical footprints in the healthcare industry for the year 2021. We hope the evolution of digital healthcare can make our earth a safer place to live again.