Predictive Technologies for Health Care are used to aid healthcare professionals and help them do their jobs better and faster. Technology is not meant to be and should not be viewed as a replacement to humans for healthcare. They have to go hand in hand – humans, and technology. The coming together of both will result in better outcomes and achievements as opposed to if they were to work separately. With technology healthcare can become more sustainable, healthcare can have a wider reach to every corner of the world, healthcare can provide cures and prevention to diseases that still need cures. Healthcare can even, with the help of technology, prolong human life. So you see, the future of predictive technologies in healthcare expand beyond what benefit can be gotten in one hospital but instead expand into the progress of population health and public health. Below we will discuss some of the other benefits of Predictive Technologies for Health Care that transcend just the basic understanding of the everyday person who has no idea how extensive the reach can be
Ways Predictive Technologies can Transform Healthcare
Virtual Reality in Healthcare
Virtual reality has already seen a huge breakthrough in the healthcare industry. It has helped doctors make huge leaps in areas such as surgery. With virtual reality, doctors can perform minimally invasive surgery and can view the entire anatomy of a human body in real time to help them plan a surgical procedure or a course of treatment. Virtual reality technology can also be used in medical schools for teaching purposes. It can be used to show students the workings of the human body, the invasiveness path of diseases and even the process of aging. These are just beginning applications of this technology, as it gets more and more advanced, there will be more applications that will help advance the healthcare industry.
Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
Artificial intelligence is one of the more popular types of advanced that everyone talks about and everyone is interested in. There are lots of movies that show the different applications of artificial intelligence most of which end with the promise of the machines becoming more intelligent than us and taking over the world or enslaving us. You can see this narrative in movies like iRobot, Terminator, ExMachina, Westworld and much more. A lot of it is very sensationalized to the amusement of the audience but that aside, artificial intelligence has lots of real-world applications already and some of that is in the healthcare industry.
Artififical intelligence technology can be used to mine records and data and use this information to design treatment plans that target a disease specifically thus providing faster treatment, positive outcomes, and quick recovery times. Artificial intelligence technology can predict drugs and drug combinations that can be used to treat diseases and symptom. This is a major breakthrough of predictive technologies in healthcare as it would help reduce clinical testing times, wrong or delayed diagnosis, and extensive treatment plans that do more harm than good.
Augmented Reality in Healthcare
Augmented reality is often mistaken for virtual reality this mixup is fair enough seeing that they are quite similar – but there is a difference. Augmented reality is used in the healthcare industry in many ways one of which is in simulations. In augmented reality, the user does not lose touch of their current surrounding and so they can view computer simulation and work on it simultaneously. Doctors can use augmented reality to create scenarios in the human body or reconstruct diseases such as tumors to view how it can be treated. Augmented reality can be used to create 3D dimensional reconstructions of practically anything a person wants and then that reconstruction can be tested on, used for learning purposes and even used for testing ways for surgery. The complex 3D image reconstructing technology made possible by augmented reality can empower surgeons with x-ray views – without any radiation exposure and in real time. Augmented reality can also help describe and label symptoms more accurately which will help pharmaceutical companies come up with more innovative drug information to patients.
Portal Technology in healthcare
Portal technology has been around for a while now and it continues to see new advancements and improvements. In the healthcare industry, portal technology is great for fostering patient engagement. As more and more patients are becoming savvier they are more willing to engage in their own healthcare and portal technology helps them do so. With portal technology, both patients and physicians can access patients medical records and they can also interact with each other online. With this kind of accessibility, patients become more engaged and involved and thus become more educated about their health. Increased patient engagement means that patients will become more responsible and more empowered and all these are positive variables that will reflect well in patients health and healing.
Wearable Technology in Healthcare
Another way that patients can become more in engaged and involved in care is by using wearable healthcare tracker and devices. This technology has seen great popularity in the last decade as more and more people use pedometers, the Apple Watch and other devices to help track their daily fitness activity. This information gathered by these devices serves as a good source of raw data for doctors. Some of this data is also real time. The devices also give patients a chance to know more about in their day-to-day. Like how often are the active, how many steps do they take each day, do they go days or weeks without any physical activity? Having this information creates insight to patients who then take action to make positive change or continue healthy behaviors.