For every technological invention, the human body stays a step ahead, throwing a challenge to the medical profession to find solutions for a few more problems. Today, changes in technology — now, fast-paced — are once again reshaping the healthcare sector. Patients are also digitally empowered, with a smartphone in hand and access to information technology. They desire good healthcare and personalised treatment. Moreover, several startups are also entering the healthcare sector. They invent medical technologies, but only when linked to bigger companies, can they commercialise their products.
Worldwide, healthcare systems are turning ‘patient-centric’. The US is exploring how to own patients’ life cycles and keep them healthy, which marks a movement away from ‘sick care’ or ‘pay per episode model’ (pay per visit to the doctor). In India, digital technology for face/image recognition, using a combination of artificial intelligent (AI) and predictive analysis, is applied at airports as a security measure. This technology could have enormous benefits for the healthcare sector. AI will free up much-needed specialists like radiographers and radiologists, and could be used to peruse diagnostic tests like chest X-rays, sputum slides for TB testing, and retina scans. Further, medical devices could be linked to digital technology, which can help give information about their functioning. For example, a pacemaker inside a patient can send information directly to the attendant’s smartphone. These innovations are not happening yet.Read More