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Why Is Technology Important in Healthcare

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The technological advances in the healthcare industry has revolutionized the industry in terms of patient care, hospital management and creating better drugs and treatment options.

The Use of Technology for Healthcare

The main aim of any technological advancement in healthcare is to improve patient care, ease the load off the physician and reduce human error.

Healthcare, being one of the most important industries, has the need for ever-evolving technological advances to offer better treatments and care.

Wearable Medical Devices and Advanced Equipment

Before this technology, caring and treatment for patients was difficult as monitoring the health would require physical examination of the patient only after the symptoms get significant.

Wearable medical devices have made it easier for at-risk patients and patients suffering from chronic diseases to keep a check on their vitals. Some of the wearables can not only be used by patients but also by people who are conscious about their health and believe in prevention.

The most common wearable medical devices are:

  • Calorie trackers
  • Heart rate sensors
  • Exercise trackers
  • Oximeters

These wearables give patients a sense of control and can help them monitor their health at home. 

Use of Big Data in Healthcare

Big data is a set of large and complex data that can be analyzed to retrieve information beneficial for streamlining processes.

In the healthcare industry, big data can help in the following ways:

  • Reducing medication-related errors

Using big data for patient records can help identify errors and reduce the chances of incorrect diagnoses and prescriptions. It can help doctors in identifying any medical errors and potential risks the patient may face.

  • Starting with preventive care

A large number of recurring patients often come to the emergency room. Big data can be used to identify them which can help the doctors make preventive plans for these patients.

  • Better hospital staffing

Big data can also be used to manage better staffing at the hospital. By analyzing past records, it can be used to predict which facility may need more staffing at what times so the hospital can be prepared to accommodate.

Offering Virtual Consultation and Care

Virtual consultations reduce the load on the doctor by a significant amount. During the times of pandemic, this technology has also been used extensively by the healthcare industry. 

Technology for healthcare is of utmost importance. Technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Medical Technology (IoMT), Virtual Reality (VR), and deep learning are being extensively used to provide better patient care. These technologies can help in conducting quicker diagnoses, improving the efficiency of treatments and surgeries, thereby reducing casualties.