Modern medicine is a rapidly evolving entity – after all, even nursing practices, anaesthetics and basic medical hygiene are concepts little more than a century or so old. Modern digital technologies and automated data capture and processing techniques are helping to change the face of medicine faster than ever before, so where will these developments take us over the next decade or so? Information, technology and of course medical research are all important influences on the world of healthcare, and these three key areas are likely to change beyond all recognition in the very near future…
Improved levels of knowledge, pioneering medical techniques and emerging technologies have all worked to improve the success rate of vital surgeries over the past few years, and this can be expected to continue at an even greater rate in the near future. Ever smaller and more flexible fibre optic cameras will help to make pinhole procedures more accurate and less invasive in future, helping to reduce the stresses on the bodies of patients. 3D printing is another digital technology that’s helping to transform the surgical world, with inexpensive, accurate structures currently being produced for use in implants, transplants and as prostheses. It’s safe to say that surgery will become less expensive, safer and easier to perform as technology works to augment the natural skills of the world’s top surgeons in future.
As populations continue to grow, the quality of care has actually fallen in many parts of the country over the last few years. Doctor / patient ratios can be extremely top heavy, with many surgeries and clinics taking on more patients than they can comfortably handle. We’re going to need to rely on automated data capture procedures more heavily in future, working to digitise backlogs of patient records and standardise healthcare data in order to streamline procedures and provide the levels of care that our patients require. Technology needs to work hand-in-hand with the human face of healthcare in order to benefit both the staff and the patients of our existing healthcare institutions. There are a number of different NHS institutions already making good use of technology to improve their care provision.
We can treat more illnesses and diseases today than ever before, and yet there are still maladies that we’re incapable of curing or even alleviating with current technologies and techniques. The threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria is another issue we’re going to have to confront in order to preserve the future of effective treatment, and other incurable diseases like cancer and AIDS will require dedicated research if they are to ever be overcome. It’s vital that we encourage a research culture here in the UK if we are to continue improving healthcare treatment now and into the future.
Medicine and healthcare are evolving entities – but they won’t evolve entirely of their own volition. These industries require research, investment and development, and in order to guarantee progress, healthcare professionals are going to need the best possible data at their disposal. If you’re looking to improve the performance of your healthcare institution this year, take a look at the range of automated healthcare data capture solutions available on our website or contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation workshop where you can learn more about how our expertise can help.