The healthcare industry is evolving rapidly. In 2021, many existing trends will intensify.
Despite the pandemic that halted the medical sector and redirected enormous volumes of resources toward defeating the new coronavirus, the industry still made considerable strides in pioneering new technologies that have the potential to transform the provision of healthcare for the better radically.
The top healthcare trends for 2021 are featured below.
What once belonged exclusively to the realm of pop fiction is now on the verge of becoming a medical reality.
The “Tricorder” of Star Trek fame was a small handheld device that the fictional Starfleet personnel used to perform multiple functions at once.
The technology firm Viatom recently rolled out its real-life version of a “Tricorder” in a device that can measure blood pressure, temperature, oxygen rate, and ECG heart activity.
Artificial Intelligence, or AI, holds the most significant promise for optimizing the healthcare delivery process from start to finish.
Forecasters have abandoned the issue of whether AI will take over healthcare; that is a foregone conclusion. The critical point is how AI can be best deployed to deliver the best possible results.
In one example of the practical application of AI technology in the healthcare space, Google’s DeepMind was substantially more accurate at identifying breast cancer based on screening test results than human analysts.
Streamlined Drug Development
Traditional methods of testing and approving drugs for use in the general population take several years on average.
Although an xtended period of study is necessary to measure the mid and long-term effects of a drug, the very human limitations of data processing and amalgamation also add extra time to drug rollouts.
AI and other technologies can now perform the drudgeries of data-centered work, cutting down the time needed to develop drugs and freeing researchers to focus on additional research and study aspects.
In many areas of the world, doctors now use nanotechnology to place tiny cameras inside patients’ bodies for internal observation. Many other exciting new forms of nanotechnology will revolutionize the healthcare sector in the coming years.
These are just a few of the ways that healthcare technology is rapidly evolving into 2021 and beyond.