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Healthcare Technology Trends to Follow in 2019

It’s no secret that technological advancements have a big impact on our lives. From navigation apps to guide you home safely to Internet of Things appliances that exist to save you time, there are plenty of ways new technology can come in handy. But when it comes to healthcare, technology transcends convenience and turns life-saving. In the past, patients would have to call their doctors and set up appointments to get simple questions answered. Now, patients can bypass all of that and have their fears relieved in less than five minutes with a chat bot on their phone.

Healthcare technology trends worth resulting

1. Telehealth

Telehealth is already an increasing field of medicine, but you can expect to see it expand and encroach on many new areas of healthcare. Telehealth by definition is “the collection of means or methods for enhancing healthcare, public health, and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies.”
If you’ve ever emailed back and forth with a doctor or health professional online, then you have experienced telehealth. Telehealth today also includes text reminders for appointments, online health portals to see test results and apps to keep track of exercise or food intake.

2. Stronger security

As more and more patients and doctors send sensitive, confidential information across the internet, the higher the risk of interception by cyber criminals. The need for top-notch cyber security has never been stronger.
“Healthcare organizations need to be prepared for the multi-million dollar ransom ware industry,” Adnan Raja, VP of Marketing at Atlantic.net, says. He explains how cyber-criminals are targeting healthcare industries.

3. Chat bots

When you hear the term chat bots, you may think of bots from your instant messaging days, or for the younger crowd, you may even associate chat bots with electronic personal assistants like Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. If you can picture either of those, you’re not too far off from what healthcare chat bots are like.
Chat bots are powered by commands or artificial intelligence (AI). Command-based chat bots can perform simple functions, such as showing you the weather if you ask for it. AI bots are more complex, and are a rapidly growing area of interest as they use algorithms and data to essentially teach themselves and interact with humans.

4. Wearable technology

Remember all the excitement and intrigue surrounding Google Glass? While that may not have lived up to the hype, you can rest assured that wearable technology has not disappeared. In fact, the International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that there will be 213 billion units of wearable technologies sold by 2020.
For healthcare, this is big news. Consider invasive devices such as blood glucose meters for those with diabetes. With wearable technology, diabetics can instead wear a watch-like device with a micro needle, allowing painless and accurate monitoring of glucose levels throughout the day. Other wearable technologies expected to come onto the scene are ones that monitor sleep quality and breathing patterns—which can help diagnose sleep apnea—and other devices to help monitor heart rate, respiratory rate and skin temperature, which syncs to your phone and can be shared with your doctor.
Chat bots are powered by commands or artificial intelligence (AI). Command-based chat bots can perform simple functions, such as showing you the weather if you ask for it. AI bots are more complex, and are a rapidly growing area of interest as they use algorithms and data to essentially teach themselves and interact with humans.