Stepping into 2022, COVID-19’s presence still continues to linger around the world. That being said, it’s critical to remain mindful of the tech trends that drive digital transformation. MobiDev experts list the most important healthcare technology trends that impact the industry in 2022.
Trend 1: Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
In the healthcare industry, machine learning is extremely helpful for the development of new pharmaceuticals and the efficiency of diagnosis processes. AI is helping analyze CT scans to detect pneumonia. Microsoft developed Project InnerEye, a radiotherapy AI tool. By scanning 100,000 media sources in over 65 different languages daily, an application called BlueDot can ascertain dangerous outbreaks in what is nearly real time. Mentioning Mental health, MIT and Harvard University researchers have utilized machine learning to track trends and mental health in correlation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trend 2: Telemedicine
In 2022, care providers regularly have video conference meetings with patients over the Internet to discuss concerns and give advice. The infrastructure to support this has vastly improved. Telehealth is expected to grow to $185.6 billion by 2026. If you need a dedicated telemedicine app, one of the most important technologies that will be needed is WebRTC, an open-source API-based system that connects web browsers and mobile applications and allows for transmitting audio, video, and data.
Trend 3: Extended Reality
From assisting surgery to aiding telehealth applications, AR and VR technologies can improve the healthcare industry substantially. One of the most popular and useful forms of this technology is the use of mixed reality headsets like Microsoft Hololens 2 by surgeons. The headset can provide heads up information to the surgeon while allowing them to use both of their hands during the procedure. Not only can these surgeries be enriched by this heads up information, but it can be a collaborative and remote effort and assist in training purposes.
Trend 4: IoT
The global IoT medical devices market is projected to reach USD 94.2 billion by 2026 from USD 26.5 billion in 2021. One of the most profound applications for IoT technology in healthcare is the concept of a smart pill, which transforms The Internet of Things into The Internet of Bodies. Smart pills are edible electronics that not only serve as pharmaceuticals, but can provide care providers with valuable information about patients. With the healthcare industry becoming increasingly more connected through these technologies, IoT cannot be ignored.
Trend 5: Privacy and Security
Ensuring your organization is HIPAA compliant is an essential first step toward avoiding costly data breaches. If you are serving patients internationally, it may be a good idea to consider the regulations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union.
Trend 6: Organ Care and Bioprinting
With the world’s transplantation market size predicted to reach $26.5 billion by 2028, organ transplants are certainly an important part of the healthcare industry. The Organ Care System developed by Transmedics is a great example. This device can keep a heart, lung, or liver outside of the body for several hours through proper care, heat, and provision of important nutrients. Bioprinting has been done in the past but has not yet hit the mainstream. It’s possible that through AI analysis of organs and of recipient patient characteristics, organs can be better engineered to be compatible with their new hosts.
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