2013 will be a big year for healthcare technology. There appears to be a consensus building in America and across the world as to what shape a modern health care system should have, and the technology is rising to meet the demand. There are a lot of amazing new gadgets on the way, from stem cells to 3d printers, but the real changes in 2013 are probably going to be small, useful, and mostly concerned with improving communications and data flow. Here are some of the new technologies likely to gain prevalence in 2013.
It is quite ordinary for some of the best health care innovations to come from poor and disadvantaged areas. They are remarkable for finding new uses for old technology and making the best of what they have available. Developing health care environments like Africa have made great strides is using mobile phones for medicine. 2013 will see greater integration of mobile phones into health monitoring, disease tracking, and application of treatment.
Mobile phone applications will consolidate, and pick up powerful sponsors. Instead of the sprinkling of nonintegrated health care applications that consumers choose from now, a few larger ones will take prominence and start offering a multitude of services. Applications will be connected directly to hospitals and health care providers, and will therefore give more accurate information and a wider range of treatment options.
Health Care Data Storage in the Cloud
2013 will be a big year in data management, as more and more computer users move their data storage systems off site. The security of cloud storage and the wealth of analytic techniques that can be applied to data in the cloud make this an evolutionary leap. Information sharing among healthcare providers will be near instant. The only limitation will be privacy laws and local regulations.
Remote Patient Monitoring
Improved medical communications will mean that patients will not have to come in for as many routine examinations. People with chronic conditions who require regular monitoring will be able to perform many of the diagnostic tasks at home and send the information in over the internet.
The gap between the demand for doctors and the supply is widening, and the doctors that are out there are finding their resources spread thin. Telephone and videophone communication with doctors can save time and resources, especially in rural areas. More and more patients will make contact with their health care providers through the internet.
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