As in all sectors after COVID-19, important developments have started to take place in the healthcare industry. Experts state that during the COVID-19 period, digital technologies were rapidly implemented and adopted rapidly beyond expectations in terms of both consumers and technology developers.
Hospitals After Pandemic
After the pandemic, patients’ habitual behaviors and priorities about treatment have changed. Home treatment methods were preferred instead of going to the hospital, disease preventive foods were used more, face-to-face examination was not preferred except for mandatory situations, and remote treatment methods were tried to be used.
We have quickly adopted the developments in artificial intelligence, robotics, and especially telemedicine technologies, which we have watched at a distance before, and we are eager to be implemented in hospitals as soon as possible.
As both healthcare professionals and patients, we preferred that all services that require close contact, if possible, be provided by robots that most of us approach with caution.
Technologies expected to make big changes in hospitals
With smart hospital technologies it will be possible to provide better quality and efficient treatment services by using technology in all processes of the hospital, following climate control, asset tracking, patient processes, personnel load and deficiencies in hospitals.
With the more effective use of artificial intelligence, hospitals will experience a radical change. With the use of artificial intelligence, the inefficient processes in the hospital will be replaced by higher quality treatment services and lower costs in economic terms. By improving clinical workflows, waiting times and the patient’s treatment process will be much more efficient.
With wearable technologies and remote monitoring devices for home treatment of the patient, the healing process and developments can be monitored instantly, and timely recovery can be achieved.
With the smart bracelets worn on the patients, the patient’s temperature, heart rate, oxygen levels in the blood can be measured for 24 hours, medications will be taken by talking with voice assistants, and they will be able to entertain patients with low morale who will exercise according to the development of the disease.
Experts state that the next 10 years will provide hospitals with great opportunities in terms of technology. Major changes are expected in the definition of hospitals with artificial intelligence, robotics, genomics, augmented reality virtual reality, telemedicine, and the Internet of medical objects (iot) technologies. Many advanced technology services will be developed by integrating these systems with different systems.
Hospitals will operate very different from today’s structures.
With the development of home care technologies, structures for remote treatment will develop, on the other hand, it is stated that hospitals will become specialized in certain areas, serve in critical issues, and will turn to specific areas of expertise. In the future, cognitive technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning for advanced treatment processes, where all health data can exchange data with each other, hospitals can work interconnected, stand out as the most important technologies that will transform hospitals.
Future Digital Technology Examples for Hospitals
Robotic applications: Many jobs of healthcare personnel and nurses can be done by robots. Vital signs of the patient such as pulse and blood pressure can be performed by robots, and patient medicines, serum insertion, blood slide operations can be performed by robots in some surgeries.
Augmented / Virtual reality AR / VR: It can be used in subjects such as medical education, behavioral / spiritual / pain.
Hospital design and planning: It is thought that patients will be provided more comfortable accommodation in hospitals, green areas, wearable and mobile technologies and areas and designs where they can receive health services as if they are at home, and its modular structure to be used for various purposes in emergency situations will come to the fore.
Digital Command Center: In the future, hospitals will be able to carry out healthcare services with digital centers, according to the instructions and warnings of the command center, such as artificial intelligence, predictive analysis, the needs and inspections of patients and clinics.
Direction notifications: Directs the patient’s appointment hours, all processes in the hospital to the department to be visited. Provides the necessary information during the hospitalization process, the trainings to be received inform and guide many subjects like other appointments and materials.