Healthcare tech trends to watch out for

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Shivajyoti Bhattacharjee, Vice President - Healthcare and Life Sciences, Cybage Software highlights top five trends that he believes will stick around for years to come

Advances in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), IoT and Big Data Analytics have already established on the tech trends radar. However, over the past year, technological innovation has blurred the lines of imagination. The digital trans- formation that was likely to take years to have its grip in health- care witnessed rapid progress in a matter of months. In my opinion, below are the top five trends that I believe will stick around for years to come.

Wearables and IoMT devices based on Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) the health- care industry is extending immersive and high-quality care to patients via digital therapeutics offering. VR today is helping patients combat depression, cancer, autism and even visual impairments. Be it medical training or critical procedure simulations or creating patient awareness and even anxiety re- duction, AR and VR based therapeutics have significantly im- proved a patient's treatment lifecycle through reduced pain perception and lower anxiety levels. AR/VR based therapeutics are used throughout a patient's treatment lifecycle. In addition, 5G readiness across telecom operators will provide the backbone of rendering these advanced therapeutic solutions in real-time.

Telehealth is rapidly connecting patients and healthcare providers in a digitally connected world. This care delivery medium brings with it on-demand healthcare without having to step into clinics, hospitals, and urgent care facilities in times of emergency follow-ups and treatments. Telehealth is creating virtual and accessible follow-up paths for patients, physicians and providers. It is leading to reduced physical appointments. Telehealth is aggressively being adopted by both physicians and patients, building a true virtual healthcare platform.

Big Data and Analytics are at the center of optimising the work of physicians. The breakthrough developments are driving a massive evolution of evidence-based medicines by measuring, analysing, and using the captured data. It is helping patients adjust their treatment techniques and even alert their physicians in case of an emergency. Healthcare analytics has the potential to help patients significantly reduce the cost of treatment, avoid preventable diseases, and improve their quality of life.

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are redefining the healthcare industry by improving quality of care, patient outcomes and decreasing costs for hospitals, insurance and payers. Rapid improvement in Data Science and Predictive Analysis using AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning has given physicians access to deeper insights. These include gathering information about ancestry and family history, detecting patients with high risks, diagnosing problems effectively and improving the accuracy of disease detection. AI is helping Life Sciences in drug discovery, genomics, precision diagnosis in cancer and radiology inference.

Cloud computing solutions are helping healthcare organisations be more integrated and interconnected when it comes to storing information digitally, safely and securely. The healthcare industry requires diligent management of an incredibly large quantity of data in multiple formats from numerous sources. Data ranging from patient records (EHR/EMR), social and medical information, and information about organisations need to be stored in an integrated way that acts as a single source of truth. This is only possible with a Cloud platform that ensures safety and scalability. With the complexity of the Healthcare systems, Cloud is the best bet as it possesses an increased processing power to run data-intensive analysis. Data virtualisation and its associated new platforms and tools is another area where Cloud will play a major role going ahead in reducing redundancy of health records and reports.

Having more than 26 years of delivering excellence, Cybage has been at the forefront of building the best-in-class technology solutions for the Healthcare industry. Our proven expertise in Care Delivery, Wellness Management, and Life Sciences has enabled the world's leading healthcare organisations to create safe care platforms and services. Our solutions are targeted towards Clinical Workflow, Clinical Trials, Digital Health, Population Health, and Interoperability. Cybage has built several synchronous telehealth platforms that assist Live Video Conferencing, VOIP calling and Online messaging; created guideline-based apps to help physicians share précised decisions with patients and secured several Cloud-based platforms for risk mitigation.

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