Updating technology is often a top priority for Healthcare providers as they are constantly looking for ways to improve their services, and treat patients more efficiently and effectively.
When looking to make improvements in the Healthcare industry, the best opportunities are those which create multiple improvements across a range of outcomes, from better patient care to reduced costs, and increased efficiency.
By using the latest technology available, and leveraging tools such as big data analytics, ICT infrastructure, and ICT service provider solutions, technology-enabled healthcare can have a huge impact on the healthcare industry.
In a recent report Accenture outlined their top technology trends which have the potential to disrupt the Healthcare industry in the next few years.
1. The Digital–physical blur
Many hospitals are trying to reduce the number of hospital visits for patients by enabling location independent care. This leads to reduced cost per patient for the health care provider and is more convenient for the patient. One example is the telehealth platform deployment in Basque Country in Spain which allows patients to access health services using an Xbox Kinect console.
2. From workforce to crowdsource
The healthcare sector is beginning to see the power of crowdsourced information and organisation. A group called Patients Like Me self-organized a clinical trial, where they observed that a common off-label use of a particular drug did not work as commonly believed for patients with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). This availably to a wider pool of data allowed many people to stop taking a potentially dangerous drug that did not provide the benefits they hoped for.
3. Data supply chain
The healthcare sector has to deal with a high volume of very complex data. New technologies allow for built-in statistical tools that enable a visual of large data sets. Making the data more accessible and easy to process and analyse.
4. Harnessing hyperscale
The data-intensive nature of healthcare means that it is becoming increasingly difficult for healthcare providers to store, retrieve, analyse and share data. There is therefore a trend in healthcare to migrate away from traditional, fragmented technology infrastructures to cloud-based platforms. With economical storage, convenient access and scalability, cloud platforms can enable the high-speed, low-cost collaboration essential to delivering more patient-centred, data-driven care.
5. Business of applications
Software has become a core competency in the digital world. With the advent of electronic health records it is possible to create a shared platform for decision-making among patients and doctors. According to a recent Accenture survey , nearly all consumers (95 percent) want at least some online access to their records.