July 17, 2018
Over the last few years, various industries across the globe have been transformed by the Midas touch of artificial intelligence (AI) and this appears to be taking newer leaps in the time to come. Healthcare industry holds no exception. Healthcare delivery and patient experience are setting new benchmark each day, thanks to the intervention of technology in every nook and corner of the medical field. Among several introductions of technology, automation, robotics and healthcare analytics hold the top places in the priority list of healthcare providers today. Their application has facelifted the entire healthcare sector and besides enhancing productivity and quality, it has been saving the global healthcare industry millions of dollars each year. What is more impressive is that it shows no signs of slowing down as we move further.
So let us take a look at each of their applications and the major benefits associated with them.
Automation or Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has become a range in the healthcare corridor today due to its application largely in streamlining operations and boosting business efficiencies.
Empowered with AI and machine learning capabilities, automation has started to take up numerous mundane, repetitive, tedious and high-volume tasks in clinic and hospitals such as query responses, data-entry, record management etc. These tasks were handled by human medical staff in past. Besides, the automation software is smart enough to adapt quickly. With a proper planning and design and healthcare information management, it can be trained to learn and correct itself an respond to patient queries without the need for a human intervention. Not only does this minimize the scope of human errors in operations but also frees up the human resource to focus on more complex and strategic responsibilities.
Below are a few major areas where RPA is bringing about transforming reforms in the healthcare industry.
Another technological boon to the healthcare industry is robotics. As the name sounds, it is a next-gen introduction in the medical field goes beyond the application of automatic workflow. It is sure to bring about a paradigm shift in the care delivery.
Although is it still in its nascent stage in the medical field, it has already started to show never-before results. Major of its applications are as below:
◙ Robotics is finding an increasing use in the emergency room where the specialists are required on the go. In absence of a human expert, medical robots can evaluate the condition and treatment need of the patients by reviewing their medical records and examining their condition. Besides, upon the need, they can facilitate a remote conversation with between the doctor and the patient. Robots, thus, are ensuring the timely delivery of quality care.
◙ Surgeries are a great milestone in healthcare robotics. The providers have started to use the robots for general surgeries. This allows for a minimal invasion, controlled and more accurate surgery and quicker recovery. In addition to this, the scope of robotic surgeries is such that the surgeons can even operate a patient remotely.
◙ Today, experts are using nanorobots to treat chronic illnesses such as diabetes and even cancer with a precision which existed never-before. Nanorobots hold a unique advantage of being micro in size so that they can be used to treat infections inside the body. Despite being in an emerging phase, nanorobots promise to revamp the surgical processes.
◙ In the view of the increase in deadly viruses and infections, many providers are depending on robots to sanitize and disinfect facilities and premises. This prevents the human housekeeping from catching the infection and makes the cleaning process quicker and safer.
◙ Although at a smaller scale, for now, medical robots are proving to be a boon for people in remote and less accessible geographies. Providers can use the robots t communicate with, examine and treat people sitting at a different location.
Internet of things (IoT), the next level of technology application in healthcare, has given birth to smart machines, connected devices and mobile care. A smartphone today has a much bigger role in our everyday lives that it had ever before. Whether it is small devices such as wearables or complex ones like interoperable machines, healthcare industry is generating a huge amount of data every second and this big data in healthcare holds the potential to potential to optimize the quality of care, reduce healthcare costs, predict and avoid diseases and epidemics and give the entire population a better quality of life. For this possibility to materialize, management of this data is crucial and many organizations are already formulating expert strategies around an efficient healthcare information management.
Data management involves aggregating, cleansing, normalizing, updating and analyzing health data. It relies heavily on automation and machine to run volumes of repetitive tasks.
Here are a few scenarios where big data and an efficient data management framework can make a revolutionary mark in healthcare delivery.
It should be wrong to say that automation, robotics, and data management are related to one another in certain ways. Together, they have the ability to improve treatment outcomes and patient experience and optimize the process flow in healthcare operations.