The advances in technology and scientific theory have evolved the healthcare industry smarter by incorporating a new generation of information technology. Smart healthcare has seen a huge shift from traditional one with changes such as medical model changes, informatization construction changes, changes in medical management, and changes in the concept of prevention and treatment. These changes improve the efficiency of medical care and enhance the entire experience of a patient. This blog discusses how the Smart healthcare system empowers users to self-assist in emergencies, educate them about their medical status, keeping them health-aware. They utilize the available resources to their fullest and aids remote monitoring of patients reducing user’s cost. Remote monitoring also extends its services without geographical barriers.
It uses technologies such as wearable devices and IoT to connect people, products and organizations related to healthcare. They actively manage and respond to medical difficulties in a smart manner. They interact well between the parties and assists them in making informed decisions, assists by allocating proper resources. Smart healthcare technologies and IoT applied in the industry enables the users to use objects integrated by sensors to communicate and exchange information. This information predicts diseases at their early stage and diagnoses the same in advance. The AI predicts a cardiac arrest even before a doctor with the help of big data and machine learning. The technologies such as nanotechnology, augmented reality, blockchain, robotics and cognitive computing makes the healthcare industry less expensive and more accessible to patients.
Smart Healthcare includes a lot of roles such as patients, doctors, surgeons, nurses, admins of hospitals and research institutions. It involves various dimensions such as disease prevention, hospital management, decision making, assisting diagnosis and treatment and medical research. Advanced technologies such as cloud computing, IoT, big data, and artificial intelligence, combined with modern biotechnology creates the core element for smart healthcare. These technologies help the patients by monitoring their health any time of the day with smart wearables, consult and provide medical assistance remotely at home with virtual health assistants. They help doctors with intelligent clinical decision support systems where they assist and diagnose better than the traditional models. They can manage the patient records through an integrated information platform that includes the Laboratory Information Management System, Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), Electronic Medical Record, etc.
The surgeries are performed with precise technologies such as surgical robots and mixed reality technology. By using these key technologies, we can reduce the cost and the risk involved in performing a medical procedure, improve the efficiency of medical resources, promote and improve telemedicine, and in conclusion, make personalized medical assistance widespread.
Applications of Smart Healthcare
Smart healthcare users can be classified into three categories: Clinical research institutions or hospitals, regional health institutions, and individual users. The applications can be classified based on their requirements.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The diagnosis and treatment of a patient have become more efficient with the help of technologies such as artificial intelligence, surgical robots and mixed reality. Diseases such as hepatitis, lung cancer, skin cancer have become easy to treat by implementing artificial intelligence to build a clinical decision support system. Their accuracy in diagnosing such diseases is incomparable with experienced physicians, specifically in pathology and dental imaging. IBM’s Watson can be coined as an example for their optimal solution provided by in-depth analysis of clinical and literature data. They are significant in diagnosing cancer and diabetes. A personalized treatment plan can be developed based on smart diagnostic skills. Implementation of surgical robots in surgeries has become a ray of hope for surgeons. Surgical robots have proved their significance where the patients experience faster recovery with better results. Remote surgeries have become more convenient with surgical robots for assistance. The mixed reality technology helps in the better development and implementation of surgical plans.
Virtual Health Assistants communicates with users by speech recognition technique. They depend upon big data for information sources and responds according to the user’s preferences. Few significant virtual assistants are Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, etc… Virtual Assistants for healthcare help the doctors to save time by responding to patients with their session experience and language-understanding technology. They act as a bridge between patients and doctors.
The prospects of healthcare are widespread where every individual user is facilitated with better health self-management. The applications of Smart Healthcare are many, we were unable to put the entirety in one blog. Let us explore the applications deeper in the next blog.