The prevalence of IT in areas other than organisational optimization has been relatively late when it comes to healthcare. But it has finally become as all pervasive as any other field. One of the significant contributions of IT in healthcare is in administration. It has made healthcare services more accessible, efficient and effective. We can scrutinize the health of patients in real time, ensure follow up in emergencies and see that all health records are instantly available.
It has also made healthcare more accessible to the people around the world. Technologies such as Telehealth and AR/VR will take healthcare where it is not so easily available, making sure that emergency care becomes exactly that. As the healthcare sector becomes more and more competitive, staying on top of these trends will become essential. So, these are the healthcare application development trends that we think will dominate 2019:
Healthcare Application Development Trends
AI represents a set of technologies that depends on machine learning. What was once considered the technology of future is very much a part of every system around us. As technology that is constantly evolving and improving, we know that this AI will continue to change healthcare around us. Almost every software today has AI embedded in its matrix. It allows software to see, evaluate, understand, predict and learn in the way humans can.
The difference is that a machine can do all this in a matter of minutes, if not seconds. So, where do we see AI changing healthcare? Some of the areas where AI will make a dramatic change are robot-assisted surgery, fraud detection, administration, virtual nursing, and diagnosis and cyber security. It will make healthcare more efficient, accessible and secure.
In terms of experience, this may seem like the futuristic of healthcare application developments that you will find. But the truth is that it has been around for some time. Doctors have been using AR/VR for surgeries and to take a closer look inside a patient’s body. Like IoT, this is a technology that has an immense scope that we are just beginning to explore. We know that not only will it make a tangible difference to the actual administration of medicine, it will also change the healthcare experience.
Internet of Things
The IoT industry in healthcare is already one of the biggest earners in this tech field. Wearable health tech was the biggest trend two years ago and in these two years, it has become more specialised and varied. But there is still an immense scope for development and this is why we think that this trend will dominate in 2019. In many ways Healthcare IT is waiting for IoT to develop further and take off.
It will give us better access to data, improved diagnosis, patient follow-up and the ability to make healthcare a part of our daily life. With most healthcare application development firms focusing on IoT, we expect more innovations and apps like activity trackers, insulin and BP detectors, wireless connected lenses, and ingestible sensors.
Of all the healthcare apps, Telehealth has the most potential to make healthcare fully accessible to everyone. Telehealth uses digital information and different communication services to connect people with healthcare providers. There are many practical advantages for the consumers as well as hospitals. For patients, it provides a means for immediate diagnosis, affordable care and better access. For hospitals, it provides a means of widening their scope and lowering costs.
But its most significant contribution is making healthcare accessible to disadvantaged communities, taking expert and specialist medical care to every corner of the world, even to far flung and poor areas of the world. It can improve disease treatment for the most vulnerable people of the world and provide a better cohesion within the healthcare community.
The cloud is the most basic requirement for all healthcare application development. Almost every tech development that we predict depends on the cloud — from IoT to Telehealth.
The cloud will act as a huge storage for patient data as well as access to healthcare professionals. It is also essential in optimising operations within the healthcare administration. The cloud will become a norm as immediate data access becomes more and more routine.