Healthcare is going through significant changes, as many current processes are very outdated. As said before, the healthcare industry as a whole is a little bit slow when it comes to adapting latest technologies. The market value of software in this sector is forecasted to reach around $29.9 billion by 2023. Digital transformation of patient management, diagnostics and medical procedures is gradually changing the med landscape clinic by clinic, from California to Seoul. Some of the most technically advanced hospitals are located in Singapore, Thailand and India.
A significant number of solutions that are needed to develop new methods are available, so they are slowly starting to be implemented.
Google just recently developed a microscope capable of highlighting cancer cells in real-time. The microscope uses augmented reality combined with a machine learning algorithm to search for cancer cells as soon as a sample is placed in the microscope’s base. The solution speeds up the analysis and can potentially help in diagnosing other illnesses too. What’s important, the AR microscope can be retrofitted into existing set ups, making it easier and cheaper for labs to benefit from this fantastic new tool. This kind of tech opens doors for many future treatments.
Telemedicine is another area which is seeing lots of development. This is particularly evident when it comes to patients who need access to high quality healthcare, but do not have the funds or logistical means of accessing it. Telemedicine has the ability to connect patients with doctors to maintain treatment, and is even being used as a tool to fight the opioid epidemic in the United States. Software drives this revolution and defines solutions that we haven’t even thought of ten years ago.
The technological developments in the industries of today are by no means a race. Society is always looking for more simplicity, inclusivity and accessibility, and it is with this in mind that businesses are working to satisfy everyone’s needs. Some areas will see improvements quicker than others, but in the end, we are all moving towards a more connected future and one that is increasingly software-defined.