Every time a crisis occurs in the world, transformation in digital technology takes a step further. The digital world is improvising, innovating, and moving forward to create a better place for the species on the earth. And like the digital transformation swept all the industries long back, it revolutionized the healthcare industry. The impact of digital transformation in healthcare was the immense upgrade in the quality of care given to patients. Some of the concrete technologies that were bought by the digital transformation in the healthcare industry were Telemedicine, artificial intelligence, blockchain electronic health records, etc.
Digital Technology in Healthcare plays an important role in any healthcare system. Even though the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries have lagged behind in implementing digital technologies in their system comprehensively, they are necessary for epidemic forecasting and public health responses. So how do healthcare organizations experience the benefits of digital transformation in different areas during the time of crisis?
Handle the high demand for care
Telemedicine helps with the high demand for health services in the midst of a crisis by online consultation and remote monitoring while limiting personal contact in order to better manage health risks. Individuals in the health care sector can use telemedicine to engage with patients while limiting their own risk of getting ill.
Take the pressure off from Healthcare workforce
Digital technologies have helped patients and providers to connect remotely in a fast and easy manner which allows the healthcare workforce to work with ease and take the pressure off their chest. They reach out to as many people as possible and provide patient care without putting themselves and others at risk.
Provides connectivity between population and healthcare workers
Different digital channels of communication help frontline healthcare workers to track cases as soon as they develop. Access to medical records and other important data quickly allows healthcare workers to make informed and urgent decisions. The population all around the world is also provided with reliable and timely information from the government.
Helps to highlight risks and take action on them
New technologies have the capability to detect risks in the system, responses, and disease transmission. And once these risks are detected on time and properly, appropriate actions can be taken simultaneously. Also, explosion to patient’s health information and private data can lead to privacy risks which can be resolved by making the most of digital technology.
Digital technology keeps on modernizing, upgrading, and updating its infrastructure on a daily basis irrespective of a healthcare crisis. It is now time for countries to rapidly track the development of new digital technology, such as IoT along with AI, as well as the acceleration of critical projects and large infrastructure building which is included in the economic stimulus plans of countries.