Big technology trends have unleashed immense power across the healthcare industry, but it won’t be until 2020 that new patient information and hardware will be part of the paradigm shift.
Big technology trends have unleashed immense power across the healthcare industry, but it won’t be until 2020 that new patient information and hardware will be part of the paradigm shift. More patient and provider-facing devices will roll out by this point, however, with technologies that will help process electronic health records (EHRs) and monitor the physical health of patients and healthcare providers.
Below, we pick the nine biggest transformative technology trends that will come into play in the coming year. For a full list of who is working on the technologies, check out here: Major Tech Trends Impacting Healthcare in 2020
1. SPEAK—language-independent healthcare systems, like GE Healthcare’s SpEAT (Study in Audio Intelligent Exam).
The first patient-to-device medical communication is SPEAK, GE Healthcare’s small, scaleable audio technology that changes conversations and will enable eHealth communications in the home.
2. DUAL—Holographic reference frames, like LG’s Cloud Projector Patient Display.
LG’s Cloud Projector Patient Display is a 3D interactive signage system, utilizing holograms projected directly onto the walls of a hospital or physician office, creating a 360-degree system that can react to patient gestures and voice. It’s envisioned to provide a better, hands-on way to present information to patients.
3. QOTEC—neural networks and artificial intelligence, like ADRABAT, TIDE, and others.
Neural networks and artificial intelligence are enabling medical researchers to learn more about human behavior through machine learning and access critical disease prevention information.
4. AURORA—Spectralview visualization and AR that shows how critical organs function, like ProDoc, an AR system developed by Suzumurf Labs and Samsung Electronics.
Aurora visualizations show how critical organs function and can help identify complications. The device can be installed in the field to monitor medical imaging. The device also includes a fast two-second startup, and can use 10-16 images to generate one image of body organ functioning.
5. GE InTouch—smart inhalers, like Numi Herbals, which use a speech-based interface to prescribe medication.
GE InTouch inhalers are an under-the-skin wearable that communicate with a smartphone app that remotely controls medications. It uses voice-based navigation to guide a user through how much medication they should be taking and where to use the inhaler, and will wake the patient with a “probe” to make sure they are actually taking medication.
6. CONSTASYS—a virtual appendectomy, which leverages virtual organs on a hologram, such as the Inconistilis Device.
A robotic appendectomy is essentially an abdomen that has been inflated. The soft tissue is on the patient, instead of the surgeon. We’ve seen this done on people, but this is the first time it’s been done on a model.
7. BioBots—bio- or electric power for devices, like the BioiSactro.
Bio-powered devices are potential options for treating hard-to-reach tissue and enabling less invasive procedures. The BioiSactro is a medical device that uses electronic muscle power for wound reduction, healing, and healing.
8. ODDUM—a single-cartridge of IVANA machine, like MVP, that improves pharmacy efficiency and patient care.
Standard IVANA machines can only administer one drug to a patient at a time. ODDUM could replace thousands of IVANA’s with a single-cartridge system. They can be programmed to administer multiple medications at once and are designed to be cheaper, faster, and more efficient.
9. ALEUT—medical devices that have built-in learning algorithms, like Siemens, who developed a chair that monitors a patient’s posture.
As the healthcare industry moves to digital to improve patient care, a strong focus on architecture is underway, and ALEUT is the culmination of combining design, research, health sciences, and systems engineering within the Siemens University of Health Sciences’ Vienna (Vienna) platform, the industry’s first mass market healthcare platform.