There have been a lot of changes in the healthcare industry over the past couple of years, including impressive innovations in healthcare technology that have expanded access to care and streamlined operations for businesses to achieve more efficient diagnostics and day-to-day operations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the world’s healthcare systems. And, while it’s easy to focus solely on the negatives, the pandemic has also forced change in a number of more positive ways. This includes new innovations in healthcare tech that will continue to serve our population long after the worst of the pandemic subsides. Among them, future-focused advancements that are not only helping providers do their jobs better, but that are instrumental in ensuring everyone gets the care that they need.
Whether the focus is on general patient populations or the health and wellness of healthcare employees, the top innovations in healthcare are on track to change the way we track, monitor, and treat illness and injuries. Here are four of the healthcare tech innovations to keep an eye on as we look ahead to a post-pandemic world.
New Technologies Used in Hospitals
When it comes to state-of-the-art technology, hospitals and other healthcare providers tend to be at the forefront of innovation. That’s a good thing for patients, as well as for the healthcare industry as a whole. Here are four innovations that have picked up serious steam during the pandemic—and that will continue to support better health outcomes for patients and healthcare workers in the years to come.
Telemedical technologies have surged in popularity due to COVID-19, and have made it easier than ever for individuals to access care. Telemedicine has also made it easier for hospitals to manage their staff, ensuring that providers and other healthcare professionals can continue doing their jobs even when they’re unable to work in-house.
For hospital administrators, telemedicine platforms have become a no-brainer technological investment. Rather than just a perk that healthcare systems can offer, these tools are now a must-have for ensuring continuity of care, as well as an important safeguard against additional disruptions. Expect to see them in use long after the pandemic has abated, and don’t be surprised if telehealth replaces in-person office visits as the first point-of-care for routine assessments.
2. Virtual Reality
You can’t talk about digital innovation in healthcare without mentioning virtual reality. While it may seem more science fiction than everyday practice, virtual reality is quickly becoming a mainstay of hospital-provided care, impacting everything from surgical training to patient recovery. It’s even being used as a form of exposure therapy for patients and frontline workers dealing with PTSD—a usage that has become increasingly crucial with each wave of the pandemic.
3. Artificial Intelligence
It’s unrealistic to expect providers to know every new and valuable piece of data related to their specialty. What’s not unrealistic, however, is to expect that of robots, and artificial intelligence (AI) is proving to be a gamechanger when it comes to invaluable metrics like medical diagnostics, COVID patient triage, and predictive analytics.
Around the globe, hospitals are using AI to improve health outcomes and get people the right care at the right time. At the operational level, it also has a lot of potential for improving health tracking protocols and vaccine compliance rates, especially when combined with automated workflow tracking and enhanced real-time data. AI software can also assist with maintaining real-time vaccination records by tracking the status of every employee, including which individuals have already received a vaccination, if and when they are due for a second dose and which manufacturer is required.
4. The Internet of Medical Things
The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is an interconnected network of medical devices and applications that helps hospitals improve the speed and accuracy of their diagnoses. It is also making headway in the ability of health systems to track and manage their data, resulting in more effective methods for monitoring the health status of patients and staff and enabling a faster response to issues related to care and compliance.
Already, around 60% of healthcare enterprises have put IoMT to use, with another 27% thinking of getting on board in the near future. That’s good news for the industry, and a sign that hospitals will be even better prepared to address widespread issues in their populations at the earliest stages.
These and other healthcare technology innovations (including augmented reality, robot-assisted surgeries, and bio-integrated electronics) represent a revolution in the way that care is provided in hospital settings and beyond. And at Immuware, we’re committed to doing our part, with forward-thinking software solutions that simplify the process of tracking healthcare compliance across organizations.
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