Our Vision for Digital, Data, and Technology in Health and Care
So I met an old friend last night, and he told me about the journey of his last seven months. I was astounded and happy to hear that he lost 25kg by using homemade healthy foods, diet plans, and home exercises.
Now he is satisfied with his body and stress-free. Then I asked him, “Mike! How did you lose so much weight so easily? What’s the catch?”
He told me with a grin that seven months ago, he was under stress mentally and physically because of covid and workload pressure from WFH. he had taken a virtual appointment with a nutritionist (she lives in Sweden) through an app. She advised him on some great diet plans, exercises, and yoga.
Because of covid, it was challenging to afford these three things. The doctor sent me some great healthcare applications that have cheap subscriptions. I follow the rules, and then “Bam!” Now I am healthy, mentally, physically strong, and living a happy life.
What a brilliant use of technology! I always love and appreciate those who use technology to improve their life.
And In facto-fact digital healthcare is now an essential part of our lives. Especially now! Because of the covid situation, it isn’t easy to get out and have healthy routines.
Covid is the reason behind the buzz of the digital health industry.
As we know, everybody gets affected by Covid. The major loophole that Covid created was “Distance.” We cannot meet, sit and walk with another person even if we desperately want to.
The problem led us to stop working outside and demanding work from home, creating stress, anxiety, and worry. This is happening because Covid S.O.P.’s physical and mental diseases keep rising day by day.
The Digital Health Industry fulfills that medical gap with modern apps and technologies. They help us communicate with doctors and solve many medical problems.
The advantage of medical technology changes people's lives.
My aunt has cancer in stage four, and she can barely walk and talk. But she needs the environment to keep her mind strong. And as you know, it is difficult for patients to believe in themselves.
But doctors told her to use the CancerAid application, which is booming nowadays. The theme of the CancerAid app is to help empower cancer patients as activities and share their experiences with others. After using the cancer application, she was much better than in previous days.
Now she acts and lives like an average person, and she should be thankful for the CancerAid app.
Another example of how digital health apps can balance our lives. Even in surgeries, surgeons vastly used robotic technology.
Some of the top technology
With baby boomers, the healthcare business has progressed in the past.
IF we look into the past, there is no doubt that baby boomers (from the late ’40s to 60s) help the entire world change the health industry. From insulin to artificial limbs now, insulin to M.R.I. machines. The medical industry has come so far. They have created so much impact and become an essential part of our life.
Even from the start of the 20th century, medical and technology merged to develop new inventions to help humanity.
For example, doctors and patients believe that data on patients is essential. In those days, Mayo Clinic, 1907, in the U.S.A., was famous for keeping patient doctors’ records safe. Because of this, the clinic became one of the most outstanding clinics in healthcare history.
They often cited the dawn of the computer age as being in 1957, when Ivan Sutherland showed “Sketchpad” and Edward Thorpe won a silver fellowship award for his work on artificial intelligence.
The development came just two decades after Turing published seminal articles that laid down the foundations for cognitive science by proposing what would become known as the “Turing test.” And which led us to the new formation of the digital healthcare industry.
Not only this, computer software and technology rooted many changes in telemedicine, AI-Healthcare, Medical Imaging, and Medical wearables. Every time humans find a problem in healthcare, technology creates a solution for the problem. Let’s take a look at which technologies makes digital health attractive:
Computing and data analysis in medicine and healthcare:
We developed the first computerized medical system in 1907 at the Mayo Clinic, U.S.A. Creating an electronic record saves patients’ data for doctors to analyze patients’ problems. All hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies have electronic data recording devices and applications.
Epic is a well-known E.H.R. system(2.9 billion-dollar company) used chiefly worldwide, owning about 54% of the U.S.A. and 2.5% of the world.
Telemedicine in Medicine and Healthcare:
In 2020-21, telemedicine became famous because of the pandemic’s constraints. In simple terms, we can define telemedicine as ill and lacking the medicine that the doctor prescribes, but you can’t travel or don’t want to. So, a med company near you will deliver medicine, telemedicine. You can also have a virtual doctor if you need it.
Telemedicine origins were rooted in America during the Civil War 150 years ago when a medical officer used a telegraph to request supplies from his home base hospital hundreds or thousands of miles away!
Diwali and Teladoc are top companies making a significant impact worldwide. Using their app will improve health; patients see doctors sooner and lower costs.
Medical Imaging & Wearables in Medicine and Healthcare:
Medical devices have been around for a very long time. One of the earliest examples is Neolithic dentists, from 9000 years back- leveraging dental drills to help them fix toothaches and other diseases in their patients!
These devices can provide patient monitoring, surveillance, screening, diagnosis, and help with treatment, post-treatment, and ongoing management.
These devices also determine and confirm the efficiency of treatment based on real-time physiological feedback.
X-rays, CT scans, and M.R.I. are widely used for medical imaging.
Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) in Medicine and Healthcare:
We use artificial intelligence in medicine to help diagnose patients, develop drugs, and communicate with physicians. Artificial Intelligence can also be an integral part of remote surgeries with no human interaction at all!
We need A.I. in medical science because A.I. technologies can diagnose patients’ end-to-end drug discovery with development and improve communication between physicians and patients faster than standard operations.
Radiology, Robotic Surgery, Virtual Assistant, and Clinical Decision Support are widely used worldwide.
The Future of Patients
Patients’ futures seem bright because tech specialists try to make innovations as quickly as possible. Their involvement in medical science will benefit doctors and the world’s people.
Many entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Jeff Boze, and Bill Gates are the top examples of technologies to help humankind.
But many loopholes require to be fulfilled, and we need to solve those problems and fix those loopholes.
For that, multinational companies are trying everything to solve healthcare problems. Companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Neuralink invest money in healthcare research to create cures and technologies.