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HealthTech 101: How are Healthcare Technologies Reinventing Patient Care

4 minutes, 58 seconds read

Technological advancements and innovations are disrupting the healthcare industry. Smart health monitoring systems, apps, wearables and handheld devices are already in use. The prevailing Covid-19 pandemic has created an urgency to adopt digital. Healthcare technologies will cover many more conditions than before. Dr. John Halamka, President, Mayo Clinic Platform expects more than 60% of healthcare services to go virtual

This revolution in healthcare is not discretionary. This is the need of time. Currently, segregating meaningful data collected through various sources like medical records, wearables, apps, etc. is a challenge. But very soon, HealthTech will evolve across the globe. With Cloud, AI and advanced data analytics, patients and healthcare institutions will be able to access and utilize the right information in a fraction of seconds.

Let’s delve deeper into the new healthcare technologies that will disrupt patient care.

1. Telehealth

Telehealth corresponds to the accessibility of health services and information over the internet and telecommunication. Telehealth care allows remote or long-distance patient care through clinician contact, consultations, reminders, monitoring, and remote admissions. Simply put, telehealth care is the virtualization of most of the physical interactions between doctors and patients. 

Today, HealthTech underpins telehealth, as it enables robotic surgeries through remote access, physical therapy via remote monitoring instruments, home monitoring and live feeds, and video telephony. 

Recent advancements in AI and cloud-based technologies are enhancing remote healthcare experiences for patients. Solutions like chatbots, voice interfaces, and augmented reality are making digital experiences more intuitive for users.

Advancements in TeleHealth

2. Interoperability

To deliver informed and better care, healthcare organizations need to access patient health information over a distributed network. However, due to prevailing privacy regulations and lack of standardization in healthcare institutions, necessary information is still not available when required. That’s why interoperability has become a crucial aspect of HealthTech. 

Interoperability is the ability to exchange, interpret, use, and annotate patients’ health information including medical reports, images (X-rays, CT Scans, Radiographs, etc.) and treatment information through secure communication channels.

Health data standardization is necessary to ensure interoperability. So far, many different standards development organizations (SDOs) create, update, and maintain health data standards. For example, the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) is one of the institutions that define interoperability standards and implementation specifications for the industry to fulfill specific clinical health IT interoperability needs. DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) is one of the methods of medical image sharing. Using the DICOM system, health management professionals, physicians, and radiologists access medical images in a secure distributed environment.

[Related: Medical Image Management: DICOM Images Sharing Process]

However, to create an ecosystem of connected healthcare services, information needs to be available on the cloud and in a uniform format. There are three levels of interoperability:

  1. Foundational: Here, one system can share information with the other. The receiving system cannot interpret the information but can acknowledge the receipt.
  2. Structural: Here, the receiving system can interpret and use the information but cannot modify it.
  3. Semantic: Here, both the sender and receiver can interpret, use, and annotate the information. Semantic interoperability is the most desirable system in today’s time.

Interoperability across healthcare service providers can also reduce the time and cost of lab tests. For instance, many health checkups are valid for about a year. In case of emergencies, instead of advising patients tests, medical professionals can access previous test information and start procedures — reducing the overall treatment time.

3. Biomedical Computing

Biomedical computing is the application of computer science in medicine. It involves medical data management, medical imaging systems, developing advanced user interfaces for medical professionals, remote monitoring systems, medical diagnosis, scientific visualizations, and other computer-aided medical solutions.

The advanced application of biomedical computing involves using machine learning models for cancer detection and grading, predictive biomarkers and accelerating drug discovery processes. For example, Seg3D, a volume segmentation & processing tool allows segmentation, contouring to plan complex surgeries.

Seg3D - biomedical computing software

4. Health Forecasting

The right information is important for delivering care, products, and services to people in need. Today, many devices generate health data — home assistants, fitness bands, health and sleep trackers, diabetes monitors, and other ailment specific apps. However, predicting a condition and preparing for it requires reliable data and appropriate analytical tools. 

Extreme events test the efficiency of a healthcare system. Not all traditional techniques (e.g. analytics models that rely on historical data) can be applied to forecasting future conditions. The HealthTech systems call for probabilistic health forecasting methods to prepare institutions with information, finance, resources, drugs, equipment, and staff to serve any unforeseen event with the least possible lag.

The Future of Healthcare Technologies

Technologies like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, AI, Machine Learning will play a crucial role in transforming patient experience as well as augmenting skills and education of future doctors. For example, Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University is already using AR to train human anatomy and surgery through 3D human models.

HealthTech in India will soon control patient care over traditional OPD services. Although critical medical surgeries will still require the dexterity of medical professionals, patient support and routine consultations will be accomplished through telehealth services. This will also make health services available in remote areas where setting up and managing a full-fledged hospital facility is not feasible. 

To know about how healthcare industry is bringing hospitals to a customer’s doorstep, watch our webinar on Digital Health Beyond COVID-19.


Mantra Labs has been helping diagnostic and healthcare organizations like Manipal Hospitals, Suraksha Diagnostics in developing holistic patient management systems. We’ve also helped healthcare technology firms like PathomIQ in developing machine learning models for AI-based cancer detection segmentation and classification.

For your specific requirement, please feel free to write to us at hello@mantralabsglobal.com


Common FAQs

What is HealthTech?

HealthTech or Healthcare Technology is the application of knowledge and skills to solve a health problem and improve quality of life. It involves devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems. WHO.

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth is making healthcare services and information available to the public through the internet and telecommunications. It involves online or video consultations, remote monitoring, reminders to take medicine, remote mental health therapy, patient support, SOS alerts and more.

What is interoperability in healthcare?

Interoperability corresponds to healthcare systems working together irrespective of geographical location. For example, medical images sharing via DICOM; guided permission to share patient data across clinics, labs, hospitals, and pharmacies.

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How To Get Design Inspiration?

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Did the egg come first or the chicken, it makes you go round and round in circles. That’s the feeling you get when you start designing something new. 

Inspiration can come from everywhere, especially if you are a designer. To create your finest design, you must get into the nitty-gritty of everything. I began my journey as an interior designer which gave me an edge when I transitioned to UI/UX Design. When we start working on projects, the first thing we do is construct a mood board. But for me, the challenging part was deciding what was good or bad and what worked in the real world.

So, I began with extensive thought about the problem at hand, followed by conceptual visualizations of all possible solutions. It seems intimidating, but it worked for me. I’d later project all those things from my imagination onto the screen. This process didn’t always produce viable solutions, which was a major problem to cope with. After all, what’s the purpose of having a good design if it doesn’t work? So, I merged this approach with swiping and gathering inspirations that I loved by favoriting my way through multiple sites to create a perfect Mood Board.

Next, was putting the mood board into action and creating something unique.

And, in my opinion, this is the most basic process chosen by designers.

Then I joined Mantra Labs, which was intimidating since I went from being a loner to being a loner in a group. From analysing my own ideas to working with a group of amazing designers who don’t hold back on their criticisms. (They never stop talking :P.) It was also intriguing to observe every designer as each one had a different approach to getting design inspiration and it was reassuring to know that there is no right or wrong way. It can come at any moment, anywhere, and in any form; all you have to do is enjoy the experience because it’s a Pandora’s Box, where you get lost and then come out with something amazing you weren’t expecting to find.

I try browsing design websites and talking to others about their work to get insights. And I can say that I’m definitely getting better as a designer day by day- the key is to stay curious and explore new things.

Here is a compilation of some wonderful exercises I intend to try on my projects as soon as I have the opportunity.

Create a lot of opinions and then pick the best one.

Creating a lot of different variations for one project and then critiquing it to bring it down to one which you like. 

Take a counter intuitive path

Going crazy with the thought process, and breaking the stigma of keeping basic, and crazy is fun, and it might surprise you.

Inspiration outside

This includes everything we have done or do on a regular basis, such as opening a bottle or flicking through the pages of a book.

Try apps in your category

Like for an education app, look for inspiration on social media, in travel, or something else.

Visit design websites

As you examine different types of designs, it inspires you and gives you a bank of ideas; all you have to do now is learn how to use those ideas on time and on the right project.

Ask a friend

This is one of the best ways to get better insights and diverse perspectives which can be very helpful.

Conclusion:

The exercises listed above may or may not work for you because there is no perfect science to getting creative inspiration.  Lorinda Mamo once stated, “Every great design begins with an even better story.” So, in order to find design inspiration, you must first find the story. Keep experimenting with different ways; you never know what might work for you.

About the author: Neha is a designer at heart who walks and talks too fast and is always willing to try new things, whether in business or in life.

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