In the last few years, the inrush of technologies has created significant opportunities for industries around the world. But, not all of them have been able to plunge on the digital wave of change. Healthcare is one such example, but that is changing for the better.
The most interesting innovation in healthcare will dramatically change how we interact with our clinicians. With the introduction of Artificial intelligence (AI) enabled robots; the benefits will trickle down directly to the patients. AI-enabled robots can perform precision tasks quickly and more accurately. They can lend a much-needed hand with mundane tasks, helping nurses focus only on patient care.
While a lot is expected as healthcare and technology come together, apprehensions still exist as to how it will impact patients.
Technology adoption has been slow in healthcare. Not many are comfortable with the thought of using robots in a medical setting; moving patients in and out of bed, performing surgical procedures, or administering prescriptions.
Replacement of skilled medical staff is another concern that’s bothering many healthcare practitioners. AI and machine learning require some level of human interaction and technology is meant only to improve the existing environment – not hinder – the work of clinical staff, nurses and doctors alike.
The Patient Outcome
Improved patient outcomes can be considered as one of the driving forces behind the healthcare innovation. Administrative tasks like preparing patient rooms and delivery of medications leave less time for patient care, especially when there aren’t enough nurses to go around. Nurses who are occupied with a lot of tasks are prone to missing critical warning signs and making medical errors.
Technology gives the opportunity to overcome these issues. With the adoption of robotic technologies, nurses have more time to care for the patients, who need their attention.
A Future of Innovation
The healthcare industry has come a long way. Robotics and artificial intelligence are already being used to manage administrative tasks and assist with surgical procedures. Who knows what this industry has to offer 50 years from now? Technology may be used more broadly to help with patient monitoring, and even self-care solutions.
Well, technology in healthcare is not to hinder the work of nurses. Instead, digital tools will offer improved patient outcomes, and a healthier patient population as a whole.