Every single day, technology changes and very rapidly so. Be it the launch of advanced handsets, artificial intelligence based prototypes and even new machines, everywhere we look, we happen to see the marvels of technology. But did you know that the same applies to the field of healthcare, and in fact, it makes a bigger than ever impact?
Today, we have state-of-the-art PET and MRI scanners which can detect even the smallest of abnormalities and emit lower than ever radiation, advanced laparoscopic systems which make the most challenging surgeries minimally invasive and even sophisticated treatment options for ailments like cancer. All these have transformed the way we as healthcare providers care for our patients.
But its not just medical equipment, facilities such as telemedicine have broken the walls of access, allow- ing even those living in remote areas to have access to specialist care while wearable devices help physi- cians monitor patients activities and vital statistics.
As we grapple with healthcare’s monumental challenges, another facet of technology — artificial intelli- gence — holds the key to revolutionising healthcare delivery as a whole. By improving diagnosis, empower- ing clinical treatment options, optimising clinical trials as well as involving patients, it has the potential to drastically increase healthcare affordability and access.
With so much around us, we really do have a wealth of resources to revolutionise healthcare operations. While we must change and adapt to roll with the wheels of technology what we must remember is that the patient should always remain at the very heart of our focus.We must rethink how to use technology and data to redefine healthcare for the better. After all, that is the very purpose of our practice!