The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the healthcare sphere technologically. Thus, providers and patients can expect a tech-oriented system in 2021. Healthcare delivery will be streamlined and efficient, as well. Here are new innovative tools that will make waves in the medical realm.
Cleaning Techs and Hospital Layout
For sanitary purposes, there are cleaning technologies that will take the course. Autonomous robots will enforce hygiene, thanks to ultra-violet lights that kill germs. What’s more, RFID tech will keep tabs on how long and often employees take time to wash their hands.
The hospital design will change to convertible spaces. People can look forward to plastic walls or transparent glass to glance at isolated patients. Touch-screen kiosks and hand buzzers to ward off overcrowding are some tools to expect.
Home healthcare delivery will gain ground as the IT teams in hospitals work to reduce the shortcomings. Patients can access self-care services and messaging options with sheer simplicity. Providers can monitor patients remotely without the need to readmit the sick. Hence, medical experts can collect vital signs from patients and transmit them without a hassle.
Data Analytics and Interoperability
Data analytics and interoperability are healthcare trends to expect in 2021. There is a dire need to track COVID-19 vaccine shipments and notify patients on their inoculation visits. Therefore, healthcare organizations require concrete data analytical tools in place to make the process fruitful.
With data interoperability, healthcare systems and EHR platforms will have critical information. They can keep tabs on those who have been vaccinated or not. Public health will be aware if someone relocates to a new place before the second vaccination.
AI and Automation
The primary reason behind artificial intelligence (AI) and automation is to bolster efficiency in healthcare. Medical professionals are trying hard to manage surging COVID-19 cases. With digital tools like AI, they can attend to patients amidst staff shortage. For example, chatbots can answer patients’ concerns and check their symptoms. Algorithms can help detect heart disease and cancer.
Augmented and Virtual Reality Models
Medical experts can use headsets and specialized software to actualize augmented and virtual reality. The professionals can take advantage of online surgical training programs due to classroom closure. Plus, they can analyze lung scans of COVID-19 patients, thanks to virtual reality integration.
Originally published on Thomas Looby’s website.