Since the technology becomes more developed and extensive today, it is expected that Artificial Intelligence, in particular, could aid from diagnose strokes, to heart disease, eye disease, skin cancer, and among others. With the advancements in technology, healthcare organizations are rapidly adopting AI for better treatment. So, how technology is helping the healthcare sector?
Today, according to a healthcare report, 23 percent of patients have had a virtual visit with a doctor or nurse. Virtual healthcare, also known as telehealth, enables patients and doctors to connect remotely using technology like video conferencing or mobile apps. Additionally, several patients are becoming comfortable using wearable technology to monitor any changes in their health and sharing that data with their physicians. Main reasons why patients choose virtual care are a convenience, saving time and travel costs, and ease of use. As per a survey, 33 percent patients cited virtual care is a convenience, while 25 percent responded ease of use when they feel not well to leave the house and 25 percent reported the distance from the doctor. The virtual care could save USD7 billion annually in the U.S. health system if all patients chose virtual healthcare rather than face-to-face visits. Virtual Reality (VR) is also gaining traction in the healthcare space, as its multi-sensory, and immersive experience offers physicians and patients more easy and secure treatment.
VR can be utilized to train surgeons in a pragmatic and low-risk simulated ecosystem, as well as provides therapeutic potential and rehabilitation for acute pain and anxiety disorders. However, it’s considered as a cost-effective and efficient tool for both teaching and treatment. Owing to its growing adoption in the healthcare space, the VR healthcare services market is anticipated to reach USD285 million by 2022, from USD 8.9 million in 2017. Robot-assisted surgery is also making waves in the industry in order to enable doctors to perform exquisite and conquer intricate procedures that might be otherwise impossible.