How Digital Tech Is Transforming Health Industry

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Almost all aspects of human life can’t be separated from technology. In this era of digitalization, technology is important, including in the health sector. Technology in this sector is to support health services and it can be accessed by a broad range of people.

Now, it is all around us, of course, we might as well be able to access it because it’s all in our grasp — by moving a finger over a smartphone.

Based on the klikdokter.com article, in Indonesia, technology in the digital health sector began to develop in the 90s with the introduction of the term telemedicine (telemedicine), there were health care practices using audio, visual, and data communication devices for the consultation, diagnosis, treatment, and treatment.

Sourced from the same article, entering the millennium era, health technology in Indonesia seems to be increasingly developing with the emergence of medical records and electronic prescribing. Health information sites are also growing and are equipped with online consultation features with real-time doctors and online pharmacies.

Likewise with the advancement of several technologies in the future, such as:

  1. Artificial Intelligence
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Machines to assist diagnosis or the development of robots to assist doctors to do surgery with high precision? This is one of the intentions of Artificial intelligence (AI).

AI enables machines to perform various functions like humans. Perhaps, what is familiar is one of the chatbots or virtual assistants who can function as administrators or customer service. AI can also be a machine to diagnose certain diseases or tests.

2. Wearables

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The development of health technology requires that data be processed to provide accurate suggestions or input to its users.

In line with this, there are innovations such as smart bracelets that can follow frequency and various types of physical activity such as assessing sleep patterns and measuring heart rate.

Besides, some devices can provide up-to-date monitoring results for high-risk patients, to assess the chance of serious illness, such as an oximeter that can monitor the amount of oxygen in the blood and a sweat meter to assess blood sugar levels in diabetics.

3. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) Based Medical Devices

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Technology-based on Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) can help children with autism in learning, for example, how to explore the world.

For patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, AR and VR technology can help bring back memories and pleasure by bringing them back to important times, sounds, experiences, and events in the past.

In the field of medical education, this technology helps doctors hone their skills, such as preparing and simulate complex surgeries, without having to be practiced in humans.

The development of technology in the health sector certainly has a profound impact on the people who access it, of course making all services accessible easily, effectively, and efficiently.

Have you ever tried those technologies? Let us know your experience!

Written by Salsabila P Rimawan