As the country’s baby boomer population continues to age, the healthcare industry is gearing up for a whole new level of demand that it has never before gone through. With greater numbers of people requiring doctor visits and hospital care, the industry is looking for ways to be even more productive and efficient to ensure that the quality of healthcare that people are receiving doesn’t suffer.
One of the most exciting advances to hit the health sector is artificial intelligence or AI. This technology is looking to have a huge impact, not just on healthcare in the immediate future but moving forward. Here’s a closer a look at just how it’s changing the course of the industry.
Medical records and data are benefiting from the technology
When it comes to the areas that AI is having the largest impact, medical records and data keeping is a big area to focus on. When you think about the vast amount of information that needs to be collected, stored, and analyzed for each and every patient it can seem rather overwhelming. This is exactly why data management has become such a priority for AI.
Robot technology is now being used to actually collect the information, store it, find specific data when required, and allow for quick and seamless access across the board.
Wearable medical devices
Wearable medical devices are another area where AI is having an impact and bringing about some really exciting and promising products. It’s not just about devices that provide potentially life-saving alerts and information, it’s also devices that can help the wearer better their own personal health by tracking various details. Devices such as the Apple Watch and Fitbit are great examples of this kind of technology that can be useful to everyday people.
Now as for the devices that can actually offer life-saving capabilities and tools, look to options such as the Bay Alarm Medical which is a great medical alert system. While this device isn’t going to track any information or take readings, it can be worn 24/7 and with the push of the button, it connects you to a live operator that can get you the help you need.
Now that it’s January gym memberships are bought by the thousands and cutting sugar becomes popular. And now that its January of 2019, times have changed. Technology has become advanced in ways that health-related resolutions have actually become more manageable. You no longer have to juggle the paper and pen while flipping through a booklet to calculate calories. Improving one’s health means the use of incorporating some of the following technological advances:
If you’ve ever had a question, chances are you have used Google to find the answer. So there is no reason to not include Google when planning. For example, if you’re looking to lose weight, use Google Maps to find the nearest gym. But, don’t stop there. Take it one step further and check the gym location for fast food or other temptations. For instance, this gym in Corona, CA isn’t surrounded by burger joints and convenience stores, making it less likely for someone to pick up some junk on the way in or out. Google has also developed a specialized feature called “Google Fit” for coaching you to a healthier and active life. Google Fit is the result of collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) and focuses on improving heart health.
If your health resolution is to cut back on alcohol consummation, this handy device can help. Personal breathalyzers are compact and often Bluetooth enabled to track results to your smartphone. Just pair the device with your smartphone and blow into the device. Sensor technology quickly estimates your blood alcohol content and takes care of any guesswork on your part. Breathalyzers can also be installed to a car to help deter driving under the influence. However, breathalyzer installation should be overseen by a professional to ensure proper function and prevent any damage to the vehicle.
There’s an app for that
Nowadays, there’s an app for just about anything from instant messaging to ordering fast food. So it’s no surprise that there are many fitness trackers and apps available to help with motivation. Wearable fitness trackers such as Fitbit or Apple Watches are great for tracking your steps, calories burned and heart rate during workout sessions. Also, many come with their own apps for cellphones to help record and graph your progress over time. If you’re on a budget you can also look into the following brands of fitness trackers under $50:
Letscom Fitness Tracker
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
HuaWise Fitness Tracker
If you find yourself lacking motivation, check out the following apps. Several are game based and is sure to get your heart racing:
Zombie Run is an audio-based adventure that puts you in the running shoes of a hero trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. With zombie chance sequences, you’re sure to get your heart pumping.
Pact allows users to make monetary pacts with other users. Accomplishing your goal could put a few extra bucks in your pocket! But failure means paying out.
Burn Your Fat With Me made for anime lovers. This app provides motivation using the power of “moe” where you can choose your “training partner” in the form of an adorable girl to help encourage you through various trials.
Nutritional information online
Thankfully with the internet being so widely available, people seeking to eat better can find nutritional information easily available online. Not to mention this makes meal planning around your diet a lot easier. For example, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nutrient Database is the ultimate guide to nutritional information and nutrient data for over five thousand foods.
Becoming healthy has changed in the modern year and real signs of progress have made changes easier and convenient. There is no reason not to take advantage of the various technologies available and to find an enjoyable path to a healthier you.
Anyone who grew up playing video games ought to have a greater appreciation for the future of healthcare.
When they moved out of the arcade halls and into living rooms, video games became more accessible to more people. And when a wave of fitness-related console titles were released in the late 1990s and early 2000s — Dance Dance Revolution, EyeToy: Kinetic, and Yourself!Fitness/My Fitness Coach — women joined in the fun. By 2014, a study by the Entertainment Software Association revealed that women represented 48 percent of the gaming population in the United States, and the addition of this untapped market allowed the gaming industry to make the pivot that would eventually merge gaming with healthcare.
The title character of My Fitness Coach was Maya, a virtual personal trainer. Maya was the agent who coached couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike to reach whatever fitness goals they might have. A doctor, similarly, knows what’s best for patients and has a reason behind every instruction — and the difference between the virtual video game trainer and the Ph.D. isn’t the vast ocean it once was.
With innovations from FitBit and Jawbone for wearables, Biosensing to Augmedix and Entrada for electronic health records (EHRs) and clinical workflow apps, as well as direct competitors such as Doctors on Demand and TeleDocs, traditional healthcare institutions are facing consumer-direct competitors whose products and services are almost exclusively based on the use of self-care technology. A new wave of innovation is coming soon. Venture funding of digital health companies surpassed $4 billion in 2014, nearly equivalent to the previous three years combined.
So, what’s next?
Self-care apps like FitBit, RespondWell, Caremerge and others that feed a patient’s data into a cloud have the potential to enrich clinical observations in ways that the occasional hospital visit cannot. If you have a device producing conclusive data that says “your heart rate is higher than it should be,” “you’re taking too many pills,” or “you’re walking with a gait,” a physician can say with confidence “something bad is going to happen to you.” Predicting a person’s proclivity for injury and illness is more of a science than ever.
Patient-centered healthcare technology is putting the power of good health into patients’ hands. All of the changes in American healthcare regulations point to one top priority, and that’s patient centered care. Why does this matter? Because patients who are empowered to manage their own health are more likely to be proactive and, theoretically, therefore healthier.
Knowledge in the world of healthcare can be a great thing, and the technology community is responding with thousands of apps and other healthcare IT initiatives, such as activity tracking devices and websites designed to help consumers keep close track of their wellness.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic provided FitBits to 149 post-surgical heart patients. The researchers determined that using the FitBit to monitor mobility wirelessly was “easy and practical, and led to a significant relationship between the number of steps taken in the early recovery period, length of stay and dismissal disposition. The research indicates that an activity monitor such as a FitBit could positively affect post-discharge outcomes by empowering patients to take their recovery into their own hands. Better discharge outcomes leads to lower costs in the long run. This is just one example of many.