How Digital Technology is Changing Healthcare
In the last few years there has been huge increase in the use of wearable health trackers and healthcare apps. As individuals, we can now easily tap into data that was once only accessible to medical professionals. From heart rate to sleep cycles and body temperature, data-driven insights are changing the way we think about our bodies.
Technology is not only shaping changing the behaviour of individuals, it’s also significantly changing public health, medical research, and government policy. The NHS’s 5-year plan, which was published on the 7th of January 2019, embraces technology’s role in revolutionising the future of healthcare; setting out critical priorities that will support digital transformation and ultimately change how we treat patients and cure illnesses.
New technology in healthcare is constantly evolving. In 2017, virtual reality headsets brought surgeons from around the world together to operate on a patient at The Royal London Hospital. While in 2018, medical researchers begun discussing the role of machines in greatly reduce the cost of surgeries through the use of surgical AI and robotics. In 2019, more start-up companies are developing new healthcare technology than ever before, with an emphasis on seamless integration with everyday life; the Oura Ring is a prime example of the latest in everyday digital accessories.
From Artificial Intelligence to robotics and virtual reality, there’s no denying that emerging technologies are on the brink of changing the professional healthcare system forever. As developers, engineers and medical professionals collaborate to develop new products, it’s increasingly important that healthcare professionals of all levels possess the basic digital skills needed to utilise them. In east London, healthcare assistants are at the forefront of a digital innovation pilot which uses digital tools and apps to capture data on patients who have experienced heart failure. In the very near future, digital skills will be essential for any adult wishing to work in the sector.
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