Decades ago, computers were the only innovation in the healthcare industry, and were mostly used for administrative tasks. As processors get smaller and machines get smarter, tech is poised to take over most of the procedures in hospitals, clinics and pharmacies.
Technology has helped improve healthcare as a whole in various aspects.
The world is getting smaller due to connectivity, including cellular technology with 5G being the latest iteration, the internet and social networks. This means the level of care will even out even in under-privileged countries. For instance, online portals allow doctors and medical practitioners to volunteer abroad and help people get first-rate care.
Some diseases are easy to diagnose, while others overlap with other conditions and symptoms. Becoming consistent and having a trained eye to check through what the patient is feeling and saying is certainly difficult, but thanks to technology diagnostics is more streamlined and consistent.
Computer software and apps can now monitor heart rate, blood pressure and other things, such as MRIs, x-rays and 3D CT scans to check for hidden abnormalities. As imaging techniques are getting more advance, so is the accuracy of diagnosing sick patients.
In the past, medical personnel were tasked with recording and checking inventory. This took up a large part of their hours, and unfortunately data error is quite common. Inventory is essential in order to determine if a particular medicine is running low; computers can do the job and alert personnel when stock has run out.
Time and quality is of the essence in patient care. Some of the things may be automated, e.g., using a computer to track blood pressure and heart rate, as well as check for abnormal conditions. Machines are also getting smarter in the way they can help professionals. Smart equipment are often used to help surgeons in operations to make it safer and faster.