The impact of the novel Coronavirus pandemic has been felt across the entire world. Even in most developed countries, this pandemic brought the healthcare infrastructure to its knees. In order to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, integration of the latest technology in the healthcare sector caught speed. This pandemic leapfrogged the progress of the HealthTech sector by at least a decade. Various innovative and disruptive healthcare technologies have now found their feet and are becoming the preferred option for the customers as well as the service providers.
Upcoming HealthTech Trends
The best way to understand the future of HealthTech is to analyze the upcoming key tech trends in the segment. Suppose you are operational in the HealthTech space, whether as a healthcare provider or as a digital healthcare marketing agency, then having a thorough knowledge of the latest developments is extremely crucial. This understanding will help you devise new ways to improve your efficiency, performance, and productivity. Here are the upcoming top HealthTech ideas in 2021 that you must be aware of: –
1. Telemedicine: –
There are patients affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and then there are patients who have other health issues that require medical attention. But visiting a hospital in these times is not as simple as it used to be. Most patients who are suffering from ailments other than the COVID-19 infection are apprehensive of visiting a hospital or a physician simply because they fear becoming infected by the deadly virus. In such a situation, telemedicine is emerging as a lifesaver. Now, the patients can seek consultation from specialists without ever needing to visit the hospital. The diagnosis reports are shared digitally along with data from wearable devices with the doctors. After analyzing the information, doctors suggest the medicines and course of treatment over the phone/video chat with the patients.
2. Internet of Medical Things: –
Various health monitoring devices are now being made available to the patients. Popularly known as wearable gadgets, these health monitoring devices, such as smartwatches, SpO2 monitors, BP monitors, ECG/EKG monitors, are powering the IoMT (Internet of Medical Things). These devices are connected with a server through the internet and transmit the data at pre-defined intervals. This information is then converted into reports and shared with the concerned medical professional. The expert is then able to analyze and compare the reports of the patients and provide their opinion in a convenient manner.
3. Virtual consultations: –
When all the rumours are doing rounds regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, some start-ups have come up with an interesting approach. Now, you can register on an online platform, pick a package that includes various tests along with ‘x’ number of consultations with the doctors. Once you have registered on their platform, log-in details are shared, which will provide you with access to the platform. Then you can consult with the doctor as per available time slots and seek any information that you require. The test reports are also shared on the platform, helping the doctor with the case history. This option is not only convenient and reduces direct contact between the patients and doctors but is also a cost-effective solution as well.
4. Chatbots: –
Chatbots combine the power of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a user-friendly interface. Patients can now log in to the online platform using a web interface or a mobile app and get answers to their questions on a real-time basis. Chatbots are acting as screening tools for hospitals and are directing the patients effectively to concerned specialists, without any human interference. By handling routine tasks like collecting information, helping with registration and payment, and making or cancelling appointments, Chatbots are freeing up important medical personnel, who can then dedicate their energies to more productive avenues.
5. Blockchain: –
The pandemic broke the one common myth amongst normal individuals who used to think that blockchain and cryptocurrency are one and the same thing. People have now realized that blockchain technology has vast implications in many sectors, including healthcare. Now the blockchain-powered systems are ensuring better privacy for patients’ information stored on the cloud. These systems are now also allowing doctors to access secure information with the due consent of the patients in a convenient manner. One of the most significant advantages of blockchain in HealthTech is its interoperability. With the help of public-private key methods, there is remarkedly better integration and use of important healthcare information.
Technology has always been at the forefront of change, and it is now leading the wave of change in the healthcare sector through various HealthTech enterprises. As the situation is evolving at a rapid pace, it will be fascinating to see which other exciting innovations are witnessed in the HealthTech sector in the coming years.