Healthcare digital revolution is reshaping the healthcare industry of the future. Introduction of new technologies and innovation has significantly been evolving the healthcare industry. As a matter of fact, the industry is becoming more and more dependent on digital technologies to improve the patient-specialist communication, provide effective clinical treatments and optimize the diagnosis of dangerous diseases. This phenomenal digital transformation is being attributed to the ‘Internet of Things’, an IoT system of interconnected data-assessing devices.
The Asia-Pacific is observed as one of the fast growing in the world with a predicted growth rate of 11.1 per cent in 2018. The International Data Corporation (IDC) says Asia-Pacific will continue to expand dramatically over a period of five years. “There will be an increase in the number of connected devices from 3.1 billion in 2014 to 8.6 billion by 2020. There is no doubt that there has been a noted increase in investments in digital healthcare.
Now, thanks to technologies, we have an array of smart and innovative solutions to boost our health. There are gadgets that track your daily motion to help you become a more active person, devices to optimize your workouts to improve your cardiovascular health, and apps to track everything you do. These technologies will definitely set the future of daily health monitoring.
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With Southeast Asia’s mobile penetration rate and mobile users growing at a rapid pace, the digitalization of healthcare through mobile apps, artificial intelligence or robotics could help supplement the healthcare industry in the region. This has also brought about the need for professionals, who can build and manage new technologies that will redefine traditional healthcare services, as well as to help the revolution foster and unfold.
Countries are realizing the importance of technology in healthcare. Latest reports highlight that in Thailand, the Bumrungrad International Hospital has integrated the IBM Watson into their oncology department. The hospital is using IBM Watson to process patient data, medical literature and guidelines to offer personalized treatments to its cancer patients. Singapore is using Hospital to Home, digital platform offering discharged patients access to a range of healthcare providers. This platform cuts cost and saves patients time from having to commute to hospitals for follow-ups. Digitalized healthcare continues to bring about numerous benefits to patient care and the health industry as a whole. It simplifies healthcare delivery and makes internal patient data easier and faster. Besides, it creates new streams of revenue for stakeholders.
The advent of Nanotechnology, Genome sequencing, Robotics, medical tricorder have reshaped the entire industry unimaginably and the future seems to belong to many more similar technological advancements.