Most industries have been the subject of great technological innovation over the last ten years or so. Business is going digital. Education has embraced ed tech. The legal system continues to adopt more digitisation, making their processes easier and more effective than ever before. Almost every industry has embraced technology as in integral moving function within their sector. Healthcare is one of the last industries to play catch up, finally making the chances and welcoming the innovations that will improve the industry tenfold, leading to a better experience for all users and a healthier industry overall. Healthcare and the life sciences are undergoing a monumental wave of innovative restructuring, with computer-based technologies being at the centre of the takeover in all healthcare companies (see iSelect for example).
Having some aspects of healthcare go digital has been a source of panic among some – the privacy of their information and medical histories is obviously quite important to them, and because technological advancement in the industry is relatively new, it is causing concern among those that have yet to grasp the concept properly. There is the beginner guide to internet privacy for anyone that feels (understandably) concerned with the digital movement in the industry. The reality is that healthcare is traditionally quite slow at adopting new technologies, but the great bursts of innovation as of late are proof that the industry is catching on that the only feasible way to make their systems and processes as convenient and easy as possible for the individuals using them.
Technology is providing the healthcare system with the shake up that it so desperately needs.
There are online portals available now that allow patients to book appointments online, making it easier than ever to take control and be active with their healthcare. There are programs and digital machinery that allows patients to track their health, their progress, and have real-time access to their doctor or another trusted medical practitioner should they need help – this has sufficiently limited the number of individuals showing up to the hospital or crowding the waiting room of a doctor’s office with issues that could be easily solved through technological connection and engagement. Of course, there will always be some medical aftermath that absolutely requires in-person medical attention, but this new technological advancement is allowing the healthcare industry to give patients a smoother transition period post procedure or treatment.
As well as these seemingly simple changes in the industry, there are the technological takeovers that exist on the back of the data systems that protect patient information. These systems are being given complete takeovers, being replaced with entirely-digital systems that make the institutions not only physically tidier, but overall more smooth and efficient. This evolution in the industry is the most rapid yet, and furthermore it is likely to be the most impactful in the foreseeable future. Going digital is allowing the healthcare and life sciences industry to improve their entire industry from the ground up, giving them and those that are subject to the industry a newfound trust, reliability, convenience, and overall satisfaction.