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Using technology to save the health care system

Using technology to save the health care system

Healthcare is about to change beyond recognition. A host of technologies are uniting to transform the way of treating patients and developing new cures. For instance, artificial intelligence to robotics to virtual reality and connected devices. Over the past decade, mobile technology has transformed the world we live in. It has changed everything from the way of watching television to the way of hailing taxis. A new revolution is set to change healthcare forever – one which contains mobile technology, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies.

 

The emergence of big data, cloud technologies, smartphone adoption, and an explosion of data capture has enabled data to be linked together. In the coming years, 5G will enable surgeons to perform robotic operations from other continents. Accordingly, augmented reality will change the understanding of the human body. Northeastern’s new PhD program attracts students from the health care field who are interested in using technology to deliver better care, as well as technology specialists interested in health and wellness.

The emergence of new technology

Technology that is already familiar to people, like wearable fitness monitors and health apps, is the start of a transformation. Outcomes are changing between hospitals as well. Hospitals can track patients and treatments in a way that was impossible before.

For instance, Protected Health Information (PHI) devices are either entirely passive, collecting data about movements and habits without paying attention. They use positive feedback to reinforce good behaviours. As a result, PHI tools can also reduce the cost of healthcare.  They lower the overhead required to carry research into various sick patient groups as they attempt to design better treatments.

Protecting patient care in today’s hyper-connected world depends almost entirely on protecting and optimising the network. Healthcare is changing and new technology is once again going to change human life for the better. Just as antibiotics and anaesthesia did. With hospitals and manufacturers working together to ensure data remains secure, it seems the future is bright, for all of us!

 

Gurbani Gandhi