Technology is helping to make life more efficient and meaningful for both doctors and their patients. Revolutionary tools, along with existing ones that are continuing to evolve, not only work to bring down obstacles that previously stood in the way of patients’ health but also empower people to take care of their lives in a whole new way.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning have transformed the landscape of nearly every aspect of healthcare. Not only are new tools being used in hospitals and exam rooms, but research and clinical trials have also benefitted from statistical data being analyzed at a much more efficient rate. When it comes to making appointments or scheduling reminders to take medication or daily exercise, communicating with chatbots has become almost an expected part of every patient portal. Conversational AI takes things a step further and provides answers to common, non-essential questions. This, in turn, frees up the doctors and nurses to handle more urgent matters.
Predictive healthcare and a focus on preventative wellness is a technology that is only going to get more robust in the coming years. Many people already wear activity monitors to regulate sleep and exercise, and they combine them with meal tracking apps and smart scales to track weight progression. In addition to all of this, activity bands have even been known to save lives by sensing heart issues that were previously undetected. Healthcare professionals can also provide a more customized treatment plan for their patients with all of the data collected by activity trackers. Many fitness apps also offer a way for people to share encouragement and stories about their health and fitness with people in online communities.
Customers are starting to become accustomed to a certain degree of quality when it comes to client-facing interfaces. For this reason, digital platforms need to be user-friendly and easy to manage when it comes to healthcare. The rise of eHealth solutions has made it easier and more practical for patients and their providers to communicate quickly and securely about diagnoses, test results, and recommended course of treatments, among other things.
Virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality all fall under the umbrella of extended reality (XR). The healthcare profession has embraced this avenue of tech with visual treatment tools like physical therapy training, providing care to rural patients who don’t have direct access to a brick and mortar building, and providing guided mindfulness meditation to healthcare employees themselves so they can increase their peace of mind.