Top 5 Healthcare Digital Transformation Trends to Watch in 2020

Jan 22, 2020

What are your hospital memories??? This question is a little awkward but let us have a quick walk through the memories. Booking a doctor’s appointment a few times back means canceling all your meetings because you will wait in the long queue for hours. And, not only this, if the visit includes clinical diagnosis then forget about your other engagements for the day.

Thankfully digital healthcare is replacing the bygone era slowly and gradually. Although there are many reasons for this paradigm shift, better customer experience tops the list. If you still consider that digital transformation in healthcare is a buzzword then think again. We expect a report by Statista claims to reach 206 billion U.S. dollars by 2020.Top 5 Healthcare Digital Transformation Trends to Watch in 2020_Info

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As we are accelerating our journey to a new decade in 2020, it is imperative to know about the digital transformation trends which would be dominating the healthcare industry in the year and beyond.

Let us explore the techno trends.

Ruling Market with Telemedicine: As discussed above, the better customer experience was the top priority while improving the healthcare services, and telemedicine makes the worth of it. Imagine you are sitting at a remote location and wish to connect to a top doctor in another country?

Many patients in remote areas deprive of good medical treatments because of their geo-locations and financial conditions. But telemedicine is bringing an exemplar shift into this.

The expert you desire can now connect digitally with your local doctor and prescribe the best medicine and treatment. Though this is into a budding state hopefully it is going to rule the market by the end of 2020.

Beating Imperfections with Artificial Intelligence: Perfection is the key to a successful medical examination. A small mistake can become a threat to life. But, maintaining perfection costs a lot of time for medical supervisors and doctors. The invasion of AI has now taken over any sort of medical imperfection. A new study published in Nature Medicine says that AI can detect acute neurologic events in CT images in just 1.2 seconds. Which means, it is 150 times faster than the human radiologist.

Not only this, the faster and more accurate results have inclined customer satisfaction ratio as well. Now the patients need not wait in the long queue for hours to get the diagnosis reports. They can get the most accurate and on-the-spot answers.

AI can also be used in determining the most effective pharmaceutical compositions which in turn can accelerate clinical trials with better medicines than ever before. Ultimately AI is helping the healthcare industry in many ways like reducing cost, providing the most accurate results, improving processes and much more.

Securing Data through Blockchain: It is really a daunting task for the patients to transfer medical files before consulting any doctor or specialist. But, with the blockchain technology, the hassle in the complete process is now being eradicated. With blockchain, the allowed doctors and specialists can now have access to the patient record and hence necessary care and medicine can be prescribed.

Data leakage has always been a major concern for sensitive industries like healthcare. Every patient detail is important and personal. No hospital or medical consultation firm can afford data leakage as it could cost their reputation and license both.

With blockchain data protection and security issues are now handled well which is thus helping hospitals and insurance companies in saving money and reducing stress while keeping patient’s records safe.  

Accelerating Procedures through AR & VR: Of course, AR & VR are not new things in the medical industry, but 2020 is going to be a great year for experimenting with the technology to bring better outcomes. Earlier the technology was helping the practitioners and surgeons to perform dangerous medical procedures like heart surgery without learning on human beings.

But now, things are into the advanced stage. AR & VR can be used to help Alzheimer patients retrieve memories. This could be done by returning them to a time, experience or sound which was important for them in the past. So, no doubt AR & VR are going to be a major role player in healthcare digital transformation in 2020 and beyond.

Bridging Gap with Digital Twin: One major trend which is going to proliferate in 2020 is Digital Twin. It is a bridge that connects the real and digital world. With the use of computers and industrial technology a virtual world is created which is dynamic as the physical world.

Through digital twins, the manufacturers and providers can test the impact of potential change on the performance of healthcare procedures on a virtual version of the system which can be a person or a device that is fed by abundant data from the real system.

So, ultimately this is helping the healthcare providers in knowing the consequences of any product or procedure before actually launching it physically. Undoubtedly, Ml & AI are pushing hard the technology for better healthcare results and also accelerating healthcare proceedings.

The Bottom Line

Many theorists had their own predictions about 2020 years back and the same happened with the healthcare industry too. Over the last few years, the industry has witnessed a drastic change and digital transformation could be held responsible for it, either fully or partially. It is going to be interesting to watch out technological developments in 2020. Let us see how the digital tech enthusiast would embrace the technologies and collaborate with industrial professionals to improve the services with digital transformation in healthcare.

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