From the increased use of digital files to the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), technology is leading the way for healthcare process improvements. While traditionally slow to adopt new technology, even the healthcare industry has seen the expanded use of tech in the past few years. Advancements in technology are making it easier for medical professionals to leverage AI to improve patient care, increase data security and produce safer, more effective medical devices.
Technology and the Future of Healthcare
Here are three ways technology is changing the healthcare industry.
1. Expanding the use of AI
As the amount of data generated during the patient journey continues to grow, Colin Gelfer, SVP of Industries and Solutions for Atrium sees organizations struggling to find the right technology to drive better patient outcomes. Gelfer believes artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have the potential to provide a solution. According to a forecast from the B2B research company MarketsandMarkets, AI in the healthcare market is expected to grow from $2.1 billion to $36.1 billion by 2025. As Gelfer explains in a piece for Healthcare Business Today, “While there are numerous technologies aimed at improving both user and patient experiences, organizations need to truly understand the capabilities of AI and ML to utilize these technologies to the fullest.”
2. Increasing data security and efficiency
Paper forms require staff to spend up to eight hours per week in outdated workflows, according to Chris Byers, CEO of Formstack. Additionally, these forms are prone to lying on desks or in insecure files, leaving vulnerable information open to a wide range of individuals. In a recent article for MedTech Intelligence, Byers predicts the healthcare industry is “ripe for a digital transformation, for more efficient employee workflows and increased data security.” With proper HIPAA protections and data encryption, efficiency and security don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
3. Producing safer medical devices
Medical device technology needs to be both safe and effective while improving patent care. Regulations like the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 13485 outline the guidelines for medical device quality management systems. With more than 20 years of experience working in the medical device industry, Jon Speer, founder and vice president of quality assurance and regulatory affairs at Greenlight Guru, highlights the six most common mistakes made during ISO 13485 implementation and how to avoid making them in the future.
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