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Technology and Healthcare

April 20, 2018 8:30 am Published by

Technology has now long been a part of our lives at home and at work. One of the more recent sectors to be revolutionised is the healthcare sector. Technology is a sensitive topic in the care sector. So much of doing things right relies on a human touch or the intervention of a thoughtful individual (or group of).

For this reason, unlike other industries such as manufacture, for care, technology doesn’t mean the replacement of individuals with software or robots. Instead, it signals the start of a time when the tedium of recording is alleviated with new computerised systems. Client information can be more safely stored in cloud-based systems accessible only through multifactor authentication, and other healthcare professionals can be immediately informed of any changes to a client’s health.

Since Home Care Preferred’s conception, it has been an advocate for technologies placed in healthcare. Using a cloud-based storage system that allows for electronic completion of records which would normally take care workers considerable time to complete means that staff can spend more time focusing on the individual that needs support rather than on handwriting and organising notes.

Electronic completion of notes means that the management team can spend less time on auditing reams of information and more time focusing on the ever-changing requirements of their clients. The team is notified immediately of a change in circumstance and have time to go and visit the clients themselves.

In other areas of healthcare there are some exciting new advances that we can look forward to in the (near?) future:

Robotic surgeons

Just like that scene in the third Star Wars film where Darth Vader is born from the ashy remnants of Anakin Skywalker, we could soon be seeing robots performing surgery. Rest assured however, that they will be operated by a qualified surgeon. What this advancement would mean is essentially a surgeon could operate on an individual from anywhere in the world!

Wearable Tech

We have all at least heard about wearable technology. Be it the exorbitant apple watch or the modest Fitbit, they have been in the eye of the public for some time now. With the advancement in wearable tech, we are now on the cusp of a wearable revolution with the healthcare sector at the centre of it. Wearable technology could provide instant diagnostic data on individuals. This data could change the way that we diagnose illnesses because it would mean that doctors will have a constant stream of information meaning that patients could be monitored even outside of the hospital. This information could be extended to alert loved ones if there is a change in a person’s health which would be invaluable if the person is vulnerable.

Artificial Intelligence

In recent months the acronym AI has been thrown around an awful lot. It can be challenging to pin down exactly what is Artificial Intelligence and what is just a clever algorithm. One of the ways Artificial Intelligence works is to “read” through large amounts of information and make decisions on new pieces of information based on what it “knows”. In this way, AI works in the same way as a human. Take the example of a doctor, a doctor spends their lifetime observing symptoms and matching those symptoms to causes which they in turn treat. Consider now that a computer can analyse and “learn” from a lifetime worth of data in a matter of hours. What this means is a vastly powerful diagnostic tool.

Going back to the topic of wearable technology and the constant monitoring of stats this paired with an AI diagnostic tool could mean an early warning system for everyone even if they are not presently at risk.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on technology in the care sector. Have you come across a new piece of software, a platform or an app that has changed the way you work? Get in touch via LinkedIn.

 

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