Digital innovations have enabled us to use portable devices to constantly keep track of our medical status and monitor vital signs of aging while carrying out routine tasks. World leading medical researchers including geneticists, cardiologists and neurosurgeons have propounded that we are stepping into a dramatically democratized age of ‘power to patients’. Patients would not only have complete control over their bodies but also participate in strategic medical decisions about their health and well being.
Radical innovations in the healthcare indicate that the industry has been “Schumpetered”. Joseph Schumpeter introduced the term ‘creative destruction’ in the mid-20th century to denote transformation that comes along with radical innovation.
Future advancements in hospital setup:
Digital devices have infiltrated into our lives in such a manner that it has changed the way we communicate with our social circle. We use our smartphones extensively to capture each moment through photos, videos, voice-recorders and more. Advancements in Healthcare technology would soon allow us to monitor brain waves, blood pressure readings, glucose levels and every heart beat. We would be able to manage our body through minuscule, handheld, high-resolution imaging devices that rapidly capture critical information anywhere. We will be able to conduct three-dimensional reconstruction within our body.
Remarkably conservative field of medicine is all set to take on the digitization wave. Digitization has seen some kind of reluctance and resistance by doctors and physicians for obvious reasons. Despite the availability of such powerful technologies, 90% of the health practitioners do not believe in using patient’s genomic data to arrive at medical conclusions. Isn’t it time for the medical practitioners to break-free from their traditional cocoon? This is sure to subside with time. Genome sequencing has enabled us to get granular details about our medical condition which wasn’t possible before the advent of this technology. All this clearly reflects the unprecedented convergence of healthcare and technology. This scenario seems like a digital storm that has immense computing power through a farm of cloud servers, formidable health information systems, technologies like genome sequencing, and biosensors.
Some of the world’s leading mobile healthcare applications have already empowered us with the capability of checking vital signs of life threatening diseases, reviewing the results of lab tests, genome sequencing, using ultrasound technologies to capture vital organs like brain, heart, abdomen or an unborn fetus. We have already experienced these technological advancements in our daily lives with the help of smartphones that allow us to transmit information at the speed of light.
Upcoming frontiers of digital revolution
Digitized healthcare solutions work like huge repositories of patient’s medical information. This has enabled us to take care of ourselves in an appropriate manner. Patients are better placed to fearlessly fight critical life threatening medical conditions. Collective technological groundwork for digitizing human race is in process. Human beings are unique but there was no way to setup a platform to establish one’s distinct biologic or physiologic identity. Each person would be able to not only identify but also understand the status of his physical and emotional well being. There is absence of a precise metric like blood sugar levels of a person that trace ideal values at various times throughout the day. This can be next frontier of the digital revolution in medicine for preserving good health.