Health care to Digital Health
Predominantly healthcare was known for brick-and-mortar hospitals and outpatient services. This traditional method, unfortunately, fell short during the recent pandemic, with hospitals and doctors being filled to capacity and sometimes having to turn patients away.
The term “digital health” and “e-heath” were coined to cover concepts such as big data in medicine, telemedicine, smart devices, wearables, and mobile health to name a few. This has resulted in a significant decrease in the burden on and also reduced the risk faced by doctors and primary healthcare providers.
Below we will be discussing some of the few innovations that have changed the healthcare industry for the better-
Nanotechnology This ground-breaking technology can address the issues such as observation of a patient’s health condition, localized application of medicines and misdiagnosis with ease. The cost of receiving certain tests can be one of the main reasons for misdiagnosis. Additionally, many symptoms can be found in a variety of disorders, making it challenging to pinpoint the exact problem. In order to increase the accuracy of diagnoses, doctors can now use "smart tablets," which make it simpler for patients to invest in their health and receive the necessary therapy. Nanobots can also be programmed to release medication at exact times and in exact quantities, during certain biological conditions, reducing the risk of wastage and other medical oversights.
Virtual Health The use of AI or augmented or virtual reality to address patient needs has been found to be a boon during these times of crisis. The numerous benefits include access to numerous diagnostic and medical consulting services, the quality of the care provided, and a decrease in the costs incurred. The application of AI has resulted in medical science has positively impacted biomedicine, healthcare, and medical education.
IoT and Wearables The use of wearable health monitoring devices such as smart watches, or bio patches to monitor everything from heartbeat to SPO2 or oxygen saturation levels to blood pressure. The availability of this information is vital for the correct diagnosis and treatment of patients. Additionally, part of the patient's autonomy over their lives and illnesses is returned. This information also aids patients to live a healthier lifestyle and prevent unnecessary complications in the future.
In conclusion, healthcare systems around the world have been impacted by and changing due to the digital revolution. It includes adjustments to the core ideas and methods used in medical care and teaching. It has been demonstrated that the use of cutting-edge digital innovations can enhance the public's access to high-quality healthcare in developing nations as well as in developed ones.