The digitization of the healthcare industry is a definite trend. There are some who even refuse to call it “futuristic”. For them, we have actually started seeing this trend already. It has also been opined that the penetration of the “digital” in the healthcare industry will inevitably lead to the transformation of the Break-Fix model of medicine. As expected, we are on the verge of shifting towards the Predict and Prevent model of medicine whereby healthcare professionals will largely depend on the anticipatory blend of disease detection and cutting-edge technology which directly addresses the root causes of diseases. The digital health model (so to say) will actually have a lot to do with lifestyle changes and preventive practices as a means to battle diseases.
The first signs of digital healthcare and more
One of the most rudimentary (read evident) or early sign of digital healthcare is wearable tech. We know that heart monitors and wearable pedometers have been around for years. These are small units that help people monitor how far they walk. As per your choice, you can keep track on daily or monthly oe weekly basis. These devices are also helpful when it comes to raising heart rate since doctors always advise raising of heart rate for at least 30 minutes every time you exercise.
Apple Watch deserves special mention in this regard since it has actually allowed users to monitor a wide array of different types of health stats thereby paving the way for a huge amount of data that can be used along with doctors, medical records and hospitals to offer more personalized services.
The pros of digitization
It has also been seen that many private and public healthcare institutions have moved to what is called the “third wave of IT adoption” with full digitization of enterprises that feature digital channels, products along with highly advanced analytics that actually steer new operating models.
It has been unequivocally opined that digitization of healthcare will definitely go on to facilitate “efficiency”. It does have the power to leave an impact on several attributes of business and personal life thereby generating smarter choices and letting people spend more time right on the tasks that they actually deem more valuable at that particular point of time. Much against the popular belief that patients today- still don’t want to employ digitization as far as healthcare is concerned, actually it has been found that more than 75% of patients actually want to use digital services in future.