Healthcare revolution: How will tech advance our wellbeing in the next decade?

Healthcare is one important aspect of our lives in which technology is expected to have a massive impact in the coming years. So in this article we will outline some of the key areas in which technology will enhance our collective well-being and healthcare procedures.
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The implementation of healthcare technology in the coming years will have a massive impact on the sector. Photo: FSHoq.

Big Data

The first and most obvious area in which technology is already having an impact is in the explosion of healthcare data made available to physicians. In fact, the volume of healthcare data is growing astronomically, and is expected to continue to expand at a rate of 48% annually.

Part of this explosion can be attributed to consumer products such as wearables, but health-tracking devices also increasingly feature in medical settings.

AI analysis

However, the problem associated with collecting vast amounts of data is that it is inevitably difficult to analyse. That is where artificial intelligence and machine learning comes in.

This is already being effectively utilized in healthcare settings, but as artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated, so we will be able to draw ever more holistic conclusions from the wealth of healthcare data available. AI can also play a major role in diagnosis and prognosis.

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New technologies are expected to catalyze a revolution in healthcare in the next decade. Photo: PXFuel.

Personalized medicine

There are many consequences of this availability and analysis of data, but one of the most obvious is the personalization of medicine. While the healthcare profession has been aware for many years that everybody’s body is different, and has taken this principle into consideration when attempting to craft personal solutions, this process will reach an entirely new level in the coming years. It will be far more feasible to tailor healthcare solutions to the individual needs and requirements of patients, which will naturally lead to superior outcomes.

Appointment by mobile

Another important area for the medical profession is remote appointments, and even AI doctors. Apps are making it possible for patients to be seen without ever entering a doctor’s surgery, and this will become a running theme over the next 10 years.

Nano technology

The utilization of nanotechnology and nanobots in the treatment of patients will also become a major trend as it becomes more affordable and sophisticated. This will have a big impact on surgery and operations in particular, and could help reduce hospital waiting lists, and positively impact on other logistical aspects of running healthcare institutions.

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Robotic surgeons are already available, the robot pictured appeared at Cambridge Science Festival. Photo: Cmglee via Wikimedia.

Robotic surgeons

It is also probable that advanced robotics will make it possible for robots to play a part in a surgery in the future. Indeed, such robots are already being developed and released, and so this technology will play an increasingly important supportive role in operating theaters going forward. Robots can also play a major role as support staff.

Ethical issues

Finally, all of this technology promises to have a huge impact on the healthcare niche, not to mention the well-being of the general public. However, there are ethical concerns is involved, from privacy issues relating to data, to concerns regarding the implementation of artificial intelligence and robots in the healthcare process.

Ensuring that a suitable legislative framework is put in place will be critical to fostering trust among the general public, and ultimately ensuring that these technological innovations have the game-changing impact of which they are capable.

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