Guest Post by Artur Meyster, Founder of Career Karma
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, many healthcare organisations have come up with different tech tools that would help them flatten the curve. Most of these tech developments have significantly improved patients’ quality of life and reduced the risks of death.
It’s interesting to see how technology can make such a significant impact on our lives, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Trends like IoT, machine learning, and even data science can bring positive outcomes to the pandemic. In this article, we’ll show you some of the most relevant tech trends used in the healthcare industry during Covid-19.
One of the most important things to evaluate during any pandemic is the trace of the disease and how it spreads across the globe. This way, doctors can predict certain situations and act accordingly. Machine learning helps doctors and scientists make this kind of discovery and forecast future events related to Covid-19.
On the other hand, machine learning is also used in the drug development industry to produce better outcomes. Using machine learning can help pharmacists find interesting data faster than ever. During Covid-19, experts in the pharmaceutical industry are using ML to find cures and vaccines quicker and more efficiently.
Telemedicine software might be the most convenient tech trend helping the industry reduce risks related to Covid-19. Although telemedicine isn’t as in-depth as going to the doctor’s office, it can surely help patients get an immediate response to their queries. This way, they don’t have to wait for an appointment and can even be prescribed to buy some medicines.
However, if the case is too dangerous, they should immediately go to the hospital or clinic. Yet, it is still useful for those cases that don’t require special treatment. For most of the population, Covid-19 doesn’t involve risky symptoms, so a telemedicine appointment could be just fine.
There’s some part of the medical personnel that doesn’t necessarily have to work in physical facilities. Therefore, most of them are working remotely, so healthcare companies need to increase their security levels to protect their data. The data inside a healthcare institution is particularly important to protect because we’re talking about human lives. That’s why cybersecurity has become so relevant during the COVID-19 outbreak. Cybersecurity helps the healthcare community protect their data from malicious entries that could harm their companies and affect their patients’ lives.
In recent research, Richard Temple, CISO at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, said: “There really are many different vectors through which bad actors can infiltrate hospital systems. There is the potential for brute force hacking into the hospital’s network, accessing IoT devices such as security cameras, medical devices like X-ray machines, and many others. But the biggest vulnerability point is end-users, who are not attentive.”
Tech companies are helping the healthcare industry by providing them the most high-tech IT security systems that will protect their data from cybercrime.
Internet of Medical Things
The IoT trend is growing exponentially, and it can potentially transform the whole healthcare industry to provide patients with a better quality of life. Devices connected to the Internet, such as implants or smart pills, are helping the healthcare community do intensive research and detect symptoms more quickly.
Although most IoT implants are still not very common, some are already approved by institutions like the US Food & Drug Administration. This technology is also helping scientists evaluate the course of Covid-19. So luckily, this type of technology might be more available in the future.
Mike Katz, executive vice president of T-Mobile for Business, recently said something about this in a recent CNBC article:
“Patients are pouring into hospitals in need of fast triage, testing, and care. At the same time, medical professionals need ways to minimize exposure to non-infected people, including themselves. But imagine a future where technologies like AR and VR can be used to speed or even automate diagnosis and consult patients on the next steps through telehealth platforms. The sooner we can integrate that into our healthcare system with reliable network access, the better off patients and medical professionals can be.”
Technology and healthcare are the best combinations to provide humans with a better quality of life. Undoubtedly, doctors and scientists have put their best effort into saving lives, and technology has made a huge impact in the healthcare industry during Covid-19.