Technology finds a way to transform something into a new norm from what previously was either unable to be accomplished or considered a time-consuming. One example of such a transformation that is in the works is taking the physical interaction between patient and doctor, that is limited to a consulting room, to an innovative and impressive digital experience where the patient is free from a physical location when consulting with their physician. This is just one way that technology is being leveraged for personal healthcare management services.
Technology is Creating Many Possibilities Within the Healthcare Sector
Prior to advancements in the healthcare system utilizing technology, patients had to travel to their doctor’s office to have their vitals taken and for consultations. However, with technology making advances that the healthcare sector can now take advantage of, it is easy to imagine a healthcare system that can become highly customized, more informed and more effective with monitoring as well as informing, in advance, how likely an individual would have a disease or critical illness based on their present vital statistics.
This is how Dr. Abhay Chopada views what the healthcare sector can become and more as he stated his opinion on the Entrepreneur healthcare in India website recently. He feels that personal healthcare Management services (PHMS) should precede preventive healthcare management services that utilizes an approach that is more driven by data and remote healthcare monitoring alternatives.
The healthcare sector in utilizing technology has created possibilities to assist in timely precautions that can avoid scares in an individual’s health by continuing to monitor health, collection of data and then analyzing it daily. This will help to offer and determine customized solutions to daily symptoms, warning of future possibilities and impact or effect medications that are based on present symptoms; also, to consider complications that could occur in the future of medications that a patient is taking at present.
Looking at Promising Healthcare Technologies That Can Define the Future
Many of healthcare technologies that are the most promising and can define the future are in population health solutions, wearables, IoT devices, big data, PMS, diagnostics, PACS, digital therapeutics, ML, AI and HIS/EMR/PHR. All these technologies require updating on a continuous basis as well as a commitment from both doctors and patients for this leveraging of technologies to succeed.
Society has an approach that is generic and a one shoe fits all when it comes toward healthcare and is not created towards a per patient requirement. However, Dr. Chopada points out how customization of medication requirements for an individual, access to on-going health information through cloud services as well as remote monitoring have begun in the field to take shape. These services are presently finding their way to all segments of society through the advancements of technology.
Utilizing a data-driven approach involves monitoring and analysis of information (Electronic Medical Records) that can provide insights when trying to comprehend the reduction or growth of symptoms to counter the disease effectively. Data-driven medication will assist in customizing medication as per the patient’s progress rather then using a generic approach.
Innovations in wearable technology continues expand the boundaries of the relationships we have with our health system and with ourselves. Innovations that are on-going with wearables include areas such as Pain Management, Sleep Aids, Pain Management, temperature, Mobility (both skeletal and muscular systems), and both administration and monitoring of Blood Glucose.
Factors That Will Influence Healthcare in India
According to Dr. Chopada, there are several factors that will speed-up advancements in innovation, development and deployment of technology for healthcare in India and for multiple reasons are poised for exponential growth.
First, the growth of healthcare spends as % of GDP growth, this will be massive fuel for driving innovation in the delivery of healthcare. Second, connected PHC, with connected platforms and devices, will enable early care and more preventative, effectively reducing the load on secondary and tertiary hospitals.
Third, increase in government initiatives, increase the total health expenditure, launch of new initiatives. Finally, cellular Connectivity, what distinguishes the 4G network from its 3G cousin, lies in its enhanced capacity to support IoT connected medical devices. 4G/5G contains a computing model that pulls insights from data with billions of devices.
Only time will tell if Dr. Chopada is correct in what he says as well as if the healthcare sector in India will follow through in what he suggests. Also, it will be interesting to see if this approach becomes successful in India, will other countries, including the United States, would adopt these strategies and implement them into their own healthcare sectors.