Smart Technology is Making Hospitals Safer & More Efficient
Technology has ushered in a new era of digital healthcare that seeks to revolutionise how hospitals treat and care for their patients. From the time a patient spends in surgery to tracking their recovery digitally, adoption of technology by UK hospitals has made patient care safer, affordable, and more efficient. Here are fundamental contributors to this safety and efficiency:
Robotics is at the forefront of healthcare digitisation. This new technology is currently applied in surgery rooms, cleaning departments, and patient monitoring. Robots have essentially infiltrated every aspect of healthcare and led a revolution in service delivery. For instance, different hospitals have already adopted the robot-assisted surgery technology that allows for more accurate operations.
Such robots have eliminated the number and extent of wounds left after an operation thereby helping speed up the recovery process. Other hospitals have also rolled out robot programs that doctors use to check the seriousness of patient cases on the hospitals waiting list while at the same cleansing the floors to avoid contamination.
Technology has also seen the creation of software interlinking different systems and departments around the hospital. For instance, a doctor can monitor a recovering patient from a hospitals administration block or read real-time scan results from a computer away from the operating room. The interconnection of these hospital systems allows for better and quick response to emergency situations. It also allows for teamwork in cases where doctors can gather round and brainstorm about a patient’s condition based on real-time medical scans away from the patient.
Through this connectedness, emergency response teams can also transmit real-time patient analysis reports thus allowing doctors to prepare adequately. Similarly, it has enabled close monitoring of blood sugar levels through implantable glucose monitoring systems that communicate results via a phone application.
Big data and artificial intelligence
More than 80% of world’s healthcare data is unstructured. This means that despite the potential usefulness of such data holds in helping identify disease trends and possible treatment, it ends up unused. However, hospitals in the UK have spotted this opportunity and have, therefore, initiated programs and systems that help store and analyse this data for possible health trends. These have been instrumental in the development of medications and personalisation of treatment options.
In line with the need to connect even more sources to a single big data pool that uses artificial intelligence to process healthcare information, NHS-UK has come up with a mobile-application database. This would include a pool of health-related mobile applications that gather data on health conditions as well as doctor-patient relations.
3- D Printing
3-D printers have revolutionised organ replacement in UK hospitals. Further supported by technological breakthroughs in the stem cell isolation, doctors can now use your stem cells to regenerate amputated body organs. This technology spreads across all medical fields including dentistry where specialists use the technology to generate fillers for tooth cavity or new stem-cell generated tooth to replace a removed one.
Warm donor perfusion systems
A considerable percentage of transplant organs go bad during the extraction, storage, or transportation process. Traditionally, these organs were stored in cold solutions and transported on coolers to ensure they lasted long. However, this conventional method is highly risky, and slight changes in temperatures at any stage renders the organ unusable.
To resolve this, hospitals in the UK have adopted the warm blood perfusion process in the storage of transplant organs like heart lungs that allow them to pump blood and breathe while in transit thereby improving their longevity.
Technology in healthcare helps bridge the ever-widening gap of efficiency and safety. With these technologies, hospitals have reported a significant decrease in both the waiting hours but also the recovery period for their patients. And as technology evolves, so must our education of medical professionals. If we do not restructure curriculums to accommodate the most recent technological developments, we will find ourselves lagging in the race to a better and healthier future.