Health care is already being transformed by the introduction of digital technologies, but the pace and scope of that transformation is set to increase in the years to come.
Technology in the medical sector will enable enhanced record-keeping, better and smarter alerting, and new and improved means of monitoring patient conditions.
Three central aspects of health care have already seen some development, but are set to experience major digital disruption in the years ahead:
Clinical care: The introduction of new technology like connected devices will transform hospitals and doctors' offices by introducing automated monitoring and recording protocols, alerting solutions, and increasing data analytics.
Electronic health records: Many in the health care space have spoken to the benefits of electronic and shared medical records to allow for greater awareness of patient conditions and overall wellness.
Care beyond the clinic: Members of the medical community and patients are looking more toward connected devices and digital monitoring tools to gauge conditions, activity, and overall health as patients go about their lives.
At the same time, digitization in health care will face a number of roadblocks:
Regulation: The health care sector is highly regulated to protect private medical data and ensure connected devices are safe, making it a difficult landscape to navigate.
Staff buy-in: Medical professionals are generally older and can be set in their ways, blocking swift workflow transformations even if they promise [...]