We are living in the age of a Digital Revolution, where technology is pervasive in all our lives and continues to advance at breakneck speed. Covid-19 has further accelerated its widespread use across all aspects of society, particularly in healthcare and education.
More than four billion people globally use the internet, and this number is rising. Industry has been a huge driver of rapid global change and the pace of innovation has left the healthcare sector lagging behind. Although the pandemic has accelerated more widespread adoption of digital technologies in healthcare settings (e.g., telehealth), it is largely consumers who are driving the use of mobile health technologies through the popularity of mobile phone applications (apps) and wearable devices.
Healthcare Technologies – Key Trends
In recent years, six key trends in healthcare technologies have emerged; 1. the rise of on demand healthcare; 2. the use of big data; 3. virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR); 4. wearable devices; 5. artificial intelligence (AI) and precision healthcare and 6. robotics and social robots. These novel technologies have the capacity to completely transform the way healthcare is delivered.
The arrival of 5G technology has further created opportunities for blue-sky innovations to become a reality. For example, the use of virtual environments for robotic surgeries has already been hailed a great success and there is now potential for acute care to be delivered by first responders in contact with remote specialists by using AR glasses. Clinicians can monitor their patients remotely with technology, enabling them to collect medical data from disparate sources and make fast, reliable diagnoses.