8 Digital technology trends that are helping doctors serve better
The eruption of digital technology has bridged the gap between the consumer and service providers. Even the healthcare industry has realized the potential of connected care and has embarked on the revolutionary change. Today, more and more healthcare providers are moving beyond the traditional brick and mortar constraints and are using new-age digital technologies to improve the quality of care, especially for patients who are homebound for varied reasons.
This has led to-
- Improved access to doctors and healthcare providers
- Increased patient engagement in self care
- Enhanced flow of information
- Building of newer, cost-effective ways of diagnosis and cure
- Better patient outcome
Here’s a list of top digital services that have revolutionized the healthcare industry in India:
Health is tracking apps and smart wearables
Mobile apps and wearable devices offer the easiest way to deliver connected care by helping doctors proactively monitor their patients’ condition and provide the best treatment. By recording patient’s vital statistics and other health related information on day to day basis, these apps and gadgets help people take control over their health and share the recorded data to their doctors for optimum care.
Digital technology has also empowered doctors to monitor their patients outside clinical settings. Doctors can now connect with millions of patients remotely through phone or video chat to provide timely, accurate, and efficient care. It is the most convenient way to serve more patients in less time.
Electronic health recordsBy converting patients’ medical records from pen-and-paper format to its electronic form, electronic health records offer an easy and most comprehensive way to track patient’s medical history and treatment processes without missing out on any key detail. Doctors can quickly identify the patient’s needs, send reminders to book appointments, schedule tests, review lab results, and speed up the treatment process for a better outcome.
Digital therapeutics goes beyond the normal doctor visit done via phone or video and utilizes behavioral therapy to treat various medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension, respiratory diseases, obesity, and chronic pain. This new field of medicine is based on impressive programs that try to alter individual’s behavior over time to manage, monitor, and prevent the onset of disease in at-risk patients.
Digital technology has enabled doctors to remotely diagnose diseases for their proactive management and reduces the cost incurred on healthcare deliveries. With the help of sensor-enabled devices and diagnostic application software, physicians can remotely collect patient’s data to evaluate the potential health problem. This enables physicians to provide coaching and treatment to patients in real time for better treatment of disease.
Digital technology is helping doctors find minimal invasive ways to perform complicated surgeries. By using miniature, nanometer-sized devices with the light source or camera, surgeons can capture images of internal organs to get a road map of the affected area before performing the surgery. Nano devices are being successfully used in the microsurgery of eyes and blood vessels, monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure, and in the repair of defective parts of DNA.
Robotic surgery or robot-assisted surgery is a form of minimal invasive surgery that helps doctors to perform complex procedures with much ease and precision. It involves the use of the camera which, when inserted into the site of surgery gives a high-definition, magnified, 3-D view of the surgical site to better see the site as compared to traditional techniques. This leads to fewer complications during surgery, less pain and blood loss, and quicker recovery with less noticeable scars.
Still in its nascent stage, artificial intelligence (AI) is the most advanced use of digital technology that analyzes complex medical data for accurate diagnosis and treatment. It helps organize a patient’s route to treatment and provides doctors the information they need to perform accurate diagnosis and therapy recommendations. The AI gives computers the ability to think, learn, and even understand human emotions to assist doctors in the effective treatment of disease.
The adoption of digital technology is helping healthcare providers find better ways to reach their target audience, treat complicated diseases, and ensure quality patient care. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us and we can help you successfully reach out to your patients via digital channels so that you can treat better and heal effectively.