How technology has helped the healthcare industry
The Healthcare industry has witnessed a revolutionary change over the past decade. From the days of Ayurvedic medicine, the transformations undergone in health care have been significant. A key contributor to this transformation can be credited to the powerful tool of technology. In today’s world, technology has played a pivotal role in every aspect of an individual’s life. Technology has made a dominant presence in each and every sector, including the healthcare sector. The integration between technology and the healthcare industry has saved countless lives and has improved the quality of healthcare services all around the world.
Technology has given the health care industry a much-needed upgrade from medical translation tools, to mobile apps which have helped patients in living healthier lives. It has the ability to impact virtually every aspect of the health sector. After the success of internet and mobile usage in India, the use of Information technology in the healthcare sectors and pharmaceutical industry is increasing. The onset of many low cost innovations such as mobiles, computers and other software applications started filling the pivotal gaps between the access and the health care services and thus created a huge potential for the growth of technology in this arena.
Technology has opened doors to various opportunities in the health sector around the globe. It has facilitated sharing of knowledge and expertise among doctors from different parts of the world, thus bringing in varied invention and cure that can save lives. It understands the people’s needs and provides information that will help them to keep fit and prevent diseases. In a developing country like India, the performance of the health sector has always been of minimal standard due to many restraining factors like poverty, underdevelopment, political instability, weak institutions and scarcity of resources. Technology has helped a great deal in quicker distribution of facts, providing aid to people living in far flung areas and thus eliminating the need for large number of manual resources. With numerous apps designed for doctors and patients, maintaining a track record of the history of illness has never been easier. These apps have helped doctors to make the right and quick diagnosis while the patients are ensured of their proper treatment with the countless reminders and alarms about follow-ups and medicines ringing in their phone. They have been a guidance and support for patients to take interest in their own wellness, especially to manage chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart diseases.
But there is always a burning question in our mind, whether the services provided via technology, are equivalent or better than the care provided in person in terms of quality and cost-efficiency, as an individual while seeking out any product or service would always look out for the best. In a country like India, where people still hold on to their traditional practices tend to be apprehensive about seeking medical care through technological devices. But various studies relating to healthcare services through technology have been positive and there is a high satisfaction rate among patients.
Technology has built a virtual road from rural homes to multispecialty hospitals enabling them to receive proper healthcare services that were unavailable to them earlier and alleviating their sickness and diseases by providing the best of health care services across the globe.
The writer is Dr. Anitha Arockiasmay, President – India Home Health Care