The digital transformation does not discriminate areas or sectors of activity, so it has been revolutionizing every field of work. Among them, and in a very innovative and useful way, technology is changing the world of medicine and healthcare, both in its aim to offer better services and treatments and in its intention to take advantage of what it knows to improve the quality of life of society.
ADOPTION OF TECH BY NEW GENERATION
Current doctors and medical residents, as well as incoming medical students, belong to the Millennial generation. This means that newcomers and future doctors will have in their hands the future of medicine, who have a new approach to medicine and as a priority the use of technology to care for their patients.
This generation has been called “drive-through generation” because they want the medical care provided to be reliable, immediate and efficient. While previous generations see primary care physicians as their first line of defence against noncritical health problems, Millennials as patients see doctors as a last resort since they have first made their previous inquiries on medical portals and/or with patient ambassadors.
Much of it is done by using the internet. When it comes to a non-urgent health problem, Millennials often search online for information before seeing a doctor, including social networks.
Despite the abundance of information about medical care available to them, Millennials know that doctors are the most reliable resource to obtain the correct diagnosis about their condition. The long waiting times for appointments, fear of facing a chronic pathology, and above all, the high cost for them represents visiting the doctor.
Similarly, Millennials are increasingly comfortable sharing their own symptoms and treatment experiences through networks or patient communities.
Last year, 23% of Millennials said they had observed on-line reviews for health service providers, and they rely more on the information they find there, compared to 15% of people who did not belong to this generation.
LEADING DOCTORS OF NEW GENERATION USING HEALTHCARE -TECH TRENDS
One of the most important things for collegiate doctors of this generation is that they live in a hyperconnected world that has taught them to be innovative in practice.
Much of their learning occurs through advances and trends in medicine through technology: social media and digital platforms to which previous generations had no access. In these new spaces, they trust fully to advance towards digital evangelization in the health sector and to provide quality care and communication for and with their patients.
This new way of working and the implementation of Artificial Intelligence in many research projects and medical processes has expanded the possibilities of Health Sciences and their social impact.
On the other hand, it is also rethinking professional roles, both with the emergence of new specializations, and the need for professionals to acquire skills closer to the technological field and innovation.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN MEDICINE
Following are some of the uses that are beginning to be implemented and that are marking the beginning of a new stage in Medicine.
With these applications and digital tools, we can get an idea of what the future holds, with the combination of new technologies and sanitary treatments.
- Risk analysis
The collection and better processing of clinical histories allow detecting possible diseases or pathologies with a greater margin of action.
- Lifestyle monitoring
Wearables and technological devices with a medical purpose, which analyse and record data about our sleep hours, physical activity or calorie intake.
Devices that allow monitoring the risks of an intervention, or estimate the number of drugs or blood bags that will be needed during the process.
- Administration and patient safety
These are automated processes that allow the monitoring of health activity, the application of innovations and correct processes to improve the patient’s health and the treatment he receives.
- Smart chatbots
Virtual assistance that can access the clinical history and give advice, diagnoses or recommendations is very useful for people with chronic diseases or in treatment for problems related to mental health.
WHAT AWAITS US?
On the one hand, we can be sure that Artificial Intelligence in Medicine is the best use and study of the information that is extracted from each clinical history and the cases of each patient.
This will allow a better efficacy of the suggested treatments and, above all, of the preventive treatments to avoid possible diseases.
On the other hand, patient care and monitoring will tend to be qualified and simplified, in addition to making more precise diagnoses.
Finally, the access to information and the monitoring of the activity of each person, both by wearables and new applications, will improve the quality of life of the population and advise on healthier habits.