Our understanding of the intricacies of the human body have been driven by scientific and medical advancements that date back to the earliest civilizations. But while the human mind has been at the core of all medical breakthroughs, it is the power of technology that is revolutionizing healthcare today and will continue to do so well into the future.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the health system’s response to COVID-19.
The pandemic has accelerated digital health, particularly, as hospitals turn into little more than COVID wards. Patients with unrelated issues are opting for alternate treatment facilities, such as ambulatory surgery centers, to lower the risk of exposure to the virus. Meanwhile, physicians are conducting office visits through video conferences and leveraging remote monitoring technologies— options that would not have been available to the mainstream even a decade ago—to reduce the spread of the virus. While COVID-19 has abetted this shift, this change will remain long past COVID-19.
But the impact of technology on healthcare will continue to echo far beyond the pandemic.
Manufacturers and engineers must utilize innovations, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, so we can provide solutions within the surgery centers and hospitals.