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5 Creative Ways Through Which Hospitals Use Digital Technology To Save Lives

elliotcaleiraSep 25, 2017, 2:27:54 PM
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In the last two decades, several technological leaps have occurred in the healthcare industry. Through the adoption of such technologies as artificial intelligence, robotics, and 3D printing by hospitals, medical professionals can now save more lives than ever. From the faster development of cures to helping health practitioners gain a deeper understanding of their patient’s situation, technology is positively redefining the face of medical care. Here are several ways through which hospitals use digital technology to save lives.

1. Through accurate maintenance of client medical information

The adoption of big data technologies by most hospitals will eventually see the end to complicated and compounded illnesses as well as deaths resulting from misdiagnosis and mistreatment of diseases. This is after big data and related technologies like pacs systems helped seal loopholes associated with management of a patient’s medical records.

These technologies achieve this by eliminating the traditional filing system and introducing medical records databases that not only store information accurately for centuries but which allow for instantaneous access to such information from the cloud.

2. In designing treatment plans

In the past, healthcare professionals would take a lot of time studying a patient’s health history. From such information, they would then devise a suitable treatment plan for the patient. The process was painstakingly tedious.

However, the adoption of artificial intelligence in the healthcare sector takes away these troubles and allows them to concentrate on more important matters like creating drugs. The AI algorithms adopted by most hospitals can mine a patient’s medical records and devise a comprehensive treatment plan faster and more accurately than any doctor.

3. Through integration of robotic surgeries

The introduction of semi and fully-autonomous robotic surgeries by most hospitals are not only simplifying these life-threatening medical procedures but has also been instrumental in ensuring a speedy recovery. For instance in Washington’s Children’s National Medical Centre recently proved that robots are better than human beings in performing soft-tissue surgeries.

The use of robotics technologies in hospitals and other health care facilities has also minimised the impact of major operations. Through laparoscopic technology, complex surgeries that left deep wounds in patients, thus keeping them at the hospitals longer than necessary, have been reduced to minor procedures.

4. Adoption of laser technology in detection and treatment of illnesses

For a long time, cancer has been taunted chronic. However, the introduction of advanced laser technologies by different hospitals has opened up a doorway for effective treatment of this deadly disease, especially if detected early. Though these technologies are still in their development stages and thus quite expensive for most hospitals, they have proved useful.

Considering that early detection of illnesses is critical to life-saving, most hospitals have invested in laser technologies used for screening that in effect helps detect diseases early. Similar technologies have been applied in prenatal health care. In addition to determining the fetus gender this technology also helps monitor the child development and in some instances save the life of a child of the mother in case of pregnancy complications.

5. Affordable health care

The adoption of digital technology in diagnosis and treatment by most hospitals has reduced the amount of human workforce required to perform different medical tasks. In effect, this lowered the cost of healthcare at these hospitals.

Pulled in by affordability, more people with previously hard to detect ailments have turned up for treatment. The adoption of digital technology by most hospitals has, therefore, helped more people access treatment and avoid the death trap.

Bottom line

The adoption of digital technology by hospitals has not only helped devise accurate treatment options for their patients. It has also helped these institutions detect early signs of often chronic ailments and thus help cure or mitigate their impact on the patient.

More importantly, this technology has made healthcare more affordable to everyone in the society thus helping individuals access medical help for diseases that would have signified their end. And with the current trends in the different fields of medical technology, the future of Medicare couldn’t be brighter.