5 Ways Technology is Delivering Innovation in Healthcare

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The healthcare industry has always been at the forefront of technology innovation but 2020 saw many healthcare systems crack under the pressure. This has brought into sharp focus the need for greater healthcare digital transformation. In fact, the pandemic has heralded in a new era of digital-first healthcare with artificial intelligence aiding diagnostic care through interoperable systems. 

In the path ahead, starting now, we will see technology not just as a welcome resource but rather as an integral part of the healthcare systems. Healthcare technology is going beyond electronic health records. It will call for greater innovation and collaboration between the healthcare provider ecosystem and third-party technology partners.

AI in healthcare will be intrinsic to almost all applications

AI is not new, in fact, it goes all the way back to Eliza, a medical chatbot developed in 1964. However, only in the last 3 years has AI and Deep Learning started to be featured in medical journals like Lancet or The New England Journal of Medicine.

A shortfall of 120,000 clinicians by 2030 pushes for the need to find ways to fill this gap through the increased use of AI applications in healthcare.

The importance of AI applications in healthcare is vital going by the projected shortfall of clinicians in the next decade in the US – a shortfall of 120,000 clinicians pushes for the need to find ways to fill this gap. Most AI applications in healthcare are based on pattern recognition, natural language processing, and predictive analytics. Taking this technology forward, AI use cases seeing increasing adoption in healthcare organizations are in robot-assisted surgery, AI based imaging is creating a new generation of radiology equipment that is developing pioneering work in tumor identification. It will also play a greater role in patient diagnostics, where predictive analytics will be able to identify infectious patterns and also pinpoint high-risk patients. We have already seen its efficacy in this pandemic, in fact this technology has had, we can say, a baptism by fire. Institutions like Mount Sinai, John Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, and the University of California pioneered the us