The world is changing rapidly like a chemical reaction that produces a new element with a giant catalyst called technology. Technology is not only a trend but also a basic necessity. The presence of technology sends our lives into a new dimension which is extremely technology-dependent. Ten years ago we saw technology as the thing that helps us in our work, and now, even the technology itself can replace the work of man himself with the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
AI was born in 1956 and since its inception, many kinds of research has been done which has successfully improved the ability of AI. Subsequently, in the first decade of the 21st century, AI is now able to access a large amount of data, work with faster computers and can be equipped with advanced machine-learning techniques which can solve many problems.
Until 2016, the market for AI-related products, such as hardware and software, reached more than eight billion dollars. This is what makes AI a burgeoning trend and is abundantly leveraged on in various industries to achieve widespread traction.
Most recently, AI has been used to penetrate into the healthcare sector. Based on a Forbes prediction, AI and machine learning have brought a new paradigm into medical research and treatment that is providing real-time access for researchers to elaborate data from any research worldwide to develop a cure in a shorter time.
Thus, at the end of 2017, it seems that AI will continue to grow in various fields, especially in healthcare, by 2018. Besides how AI can help researchers to develop medications for diseases, Forbes also predicts several disruptions in health care which brings more efficient and effective service in healthcare, hence providing more satisfaction for the patient.
Going to the Pharmacy Will be as Rare as Going to the Post Office
One of these benefits would be the expansion of drugs via e-commerce. E-commerce today is such a big market which sells everything you need and connects every seller and buyer worldwide. A large e-commerce chain, like Amazon, has claimed to enter the distribution of pharmaceutical drugs, so going to a generic drug store for purchasing drugs may not seem to be so popular in the future.
Managing Huge Amounts of Data for Healthcare
Healthcare is always associated with large amounts of data. Including a patient’s medical records, the personal history of the patient, the patient’s use of medication, and so on. While this data has been fragmented in the past, with digitization in healthcare. This data will be integrated and analyzed. It will no longer be only for helping a medical team to diagnose a condition but will also be used in preventive care. This is one of the ways to improve a patient’s satisfaction.
Controlling The Patient = Controlling the Cost of Healthcare
With the growth of technology, there are many which are increasingly suitable for the use in the healthcare industry. One of them is the biometric data collection, which works by recording the biometric data from a patient’s body through patient-worn devices. It is usually used for clinical trials and also to monitor patients remotely.
Healthcare is always assumed to be expensive especially if the patient practices an unhealthy lifestyle. And there is little preventive care from the medical team. With the technology described above, by controlling the patient through monitoring.
The medical team can observe the patient and then carry out interventions to control a risky patient to prevent the disease in the future. It also can apply to a patient who has mild symptoms to get better medication to prevent the disease from worsening.
Mobile Phone as A Personal Health Assistant
The smartphone has involved into a gadget which comes with applications that greatly assist human work. And a growing trend is one in which it can become a personal health assistance to smartphone owners. In many countries, apps are available to be used as a personal health assistance which is now called Mobile Health. Meanwhile, in Indonesia, there is Halodoc which has become the first app that can be accessed via web and mobile.
Blockchain and AI for Healthcare
The hype surrounding bitcoin has to give way to blockchain. Blockchain has become an alternative way to store many types of data with high security. Blockchains can be adapted to collect everything from a patient’s mobile health application. And connect it to be stored in electronic medical records. With its various advantages, blockchain and AI will be adapted to improve healthcare in 2018.
With the current development of digital trends, especially AI and blockchain. The interaction between these two technologies have resulted in more efficient and effective processes in healthcare. That can lead to improved quality of life for patients and enhanced patient satisfaction.
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