Technology's Vital Role in Healthcare Industry

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Technology's Vital Role in Healthcare Industry

Pharma Tech Outlook | Monday, March 25, 2019

Numerous technologies are uniting to transform the way healthcare industry treat people and develop new cures from artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality and to connected devices. More than any other time in the past, the industry is realizing the importance of technology in care delivery and enhancing the quality of life.

Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI is having a dramatic impact on almost all industries including healthcare. Popular AI techniques include neural network, and the new deep learning, as well as natural language processing for unstructured data. Major disease areas that utilize AI tools include cancer, neurology, and cardiology.

Virtual Healthcare: Also known as Telehealth or Telemedicine, it allows patients and doctors to communicate remotely using technology such as video conferencing or mobile apps. Patients are becoming more comfortable with using wearable technology to track changes in their health and sharing that data with physicians. Convenience and ease of use are the main reasons why patients choose virtual care.

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Nanomedicine: It is a rapidly evolving field and is mainly used to diagnose, treat, and prevent various diseases effectively. Nanomedicine is better at precise targeting and delivery systems, paving the way towards combating complex conditions such as cancer.

Virtual Reality (VR): The multi-sensory, immersive experience that virtual reality provides can benefit both physicians and patients. VR is thus considered a cost-effective and efficient tool for both teaching and treatment.

3D Printing: At a reduced the cost, the technology offers faster prototypes, creating everything from personalized prosthetics to poly-pills. The customizable aspect of 3D printing is revolutionizing organ transplants and tissue repair.

Robot-Assisted Surgery: It allows doctors to perform delicate and complex procedures that might be otherwise impossible. In this surgeons control a device with a camera and mechanical arms, giving them a high-def view of the surgical site.

The convergence of technological solutions will improve accessibility and manage labor shortages more efficiently in the healthcare industry. Overall benefits derived include easy availability, fewer errors, fast response for emergencies, and improved patient experience and lowering costs. 

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