These four I.T. technologies are revolutionizing the way we work and experience the world, and changes to the healthcare industry are not far behind. What makes those technologies amazingly beneficial to the healthcare industry is that they have the potential to directly affect the quality and length of people’s lives.
1. Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)
Healthcare is amongst the top three-industries affected by artificial intelligence. Whether you are running a clinic, a lab, a small practice, a hospital, or any healthcare-related business in general, here is how artificial intelligence can boost your business:
A better customer experience, higher profits, and reduced costs
A main benefit of artificial intelligence is doing things faster and more efficiently than ever before.
For example, computed tomography scans (CAT) usually take 15–30 minutes. In addition, more time is required for a radiologist to interpret such scans. A.I. can interpret such scans, detecting all neurological signs, within just 1.2 seconds (150 times faster than a human).
Medications and Prescriptions
A.I. can analyze your patients’ records, highlighting all incompatible medications, or may trigger an allergy.
Chatbots and Mobile Applications
With A.I., you can provide care around the clock to your patients wherever they are.
Blockchain is changing the way data is stored and shared.
Blockchain enables healthcare businesses to:
Telemedicine is another technology that is changing healthcare businesses this year. Usage has increased from one million patients using telemedicine in 2015, to a seven-times increase within just three years. Telemedicine enables you to broaden your market without the need or the cost of traveling or launching additional clinics in new locations.
4. Virtual Reality (VR)
The total investment in VR in 2020 is expected to reach four billion dollars. Here is how VR can boost healthcare-related businesses:
What almost all patients have in common is worrying too much. Patients can benefit from VR applications that help them be less anxious, resulting in greater trust in your doctor-patient relationship.
Ways VR can be used is to let the patient take a virtual tour through your clinic or hospital, helping them get familiar with the layout.
They can also experience the entire surgery beforehand, so they know exactly what will be happening while they are under anesthesia.
VR can increase the rates of success for many treatments
Employees can also benefit from virtual reality
Medical and nursing students are using VR to practice procedures long before working with patients in real life. Surgeons, for example, can learn how to perform new procedures without picking up a scalpel. Even old docs can use VR to learn new tricks as part of ongoing training.
With these innovative technologies entirely changing the healthcare industry, it’s time to get ready for a completely different type of competition. Artificial intelligence saves lives, time, and money—and increases your income. Blockchain helps store and share EHRs securely. Meanwhile, telemedicine can enable your business to grow without increased overhead, and virtual reality can improve the success rates of your treatment plans.
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