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Recent Trends That are Shaping the Healthcare IndustryBy CIOAdvisor Apac | Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Technology is widely used in almost all the industries today. The positive impacts of technology are widely acknowledged by the healthcare industry also. Many innovative technologies have changed the scope of the healthcare industry. Machine learning techniques have helped the doctors to diagnose a disease accurately by different data analysis techniques. Clinical trials have also yielded accurate results with big data analytics. The doctor-patient communication has significantly improved with the use of many mobile health apps.
Here are a few technology trends that have governed the healthcare industry:
Gene Therapy: Gene therapy identifies a missing or non-functioning gene in a person’s DNA and replaces it with a functioning gene to produce essential protein. This helps the affected tissues that are dependent on that protein to work normally. The therapy will help a patient enormously as the patients won’t need continuous treatment. The healthcare professionals are yet to find out the time period in which the body will respond to the gene therapy. The reaction of immune system over the gene edit is also yet undetermined. The healthcare professionals also need to find out a way to edit multiple genes as generally more than one gene is responsible for a disease.
Artificial Intelligence: AI has helped to diagnose as a well as treat a disease efficiently. AI has also helped the healthcare R&D department to reduce the time spent on clinical trials and accurately test the molecular combinations. The big data analysis along with the blockchain technology has helped to produce a tamper-free and accurate result.
Personalized medication: Medication reacts to different patients differently according to their genetic structure, lifestyle, and individual need. The healthcare landscape is progressing towards providing customized medication based on a patient’s requirements.
Mobile healthcare: Mobile apps have helped immensely in bridging the gap between a doctor and a patient. The mobile devices produce real-time data which allows the doctors to diagnose a disease at the earliest. The appointment booking has also been made easy with the apps.
The focus of these technologies is to provide excellent healthcare. Leveraging these innovative technologies have helped the healthcare professionals to create a cost-effective and efficient environment for patients.