Advances in science, changing demographics, and budget shortfalls within the NHS all mean that 2016 will see the increasing use of technology in the UK’s health industry.
Technology Leading the Way
There will always be a need for standard items of medical equipment, including Brosch Direct nitrile gloves, but it’s the introduction of enhanced methods of communication and monitoring that will change people’s lives.
The website Entrepreneur Country Global believes that ‘we are on the cusp of a digital revolution in healthcare.’ One major development that’s expected to be rolled out in 2016 is the connection of all records between GPs, hospitals and pharmacies. It’s believed by many experts that this type of digital interconnectivity will cut down on patient waiting times, allow better use of NHS resources and ‘optimise care delivery.’
Mobile Connectivity is Important
The international consultancy group, KPMG, published a recent report examining the changes relating to technology and healthcare. The report’s authors stated that ‘by 2016 healthcare as an industry will be the biggest beneficiary of the connected health revolution driven by patients as well as doctors.’ To meet this goal KPMG believes that more of us will be wearing devices that can transmit data about our body’s conditions to the GP or data management centre.
These changes definitely give the patient more control over their health conditions and 2016 will see the introduction of more healthcare apps for general use on a smartphone or wrist. While in theory this innovation will cut down on waiting times at GP’s surgeries, declining numbers of GPs throughout the UK mean that they won’t necessarily have the time to assess and monitor all of this data.
Skype Your Doctor
Skype appointments with GPs has already been piloted in London in 2015 and 94% of the patients who used the service said that they were ‘satisfied.’ The problem with Skype is that the doctors said that the consultation took longer than a conventional telephone conversation; therefore it wouldn’t necessarily cut down on patient waiting times. Though this innovation will help negate the need for home visits. Also, in some parts of the UK broadband speeds are still so slow that many patients wouldn’t be able to access Skype even if they wished to.
Purpose Built Technologies
Many who have to visit hospital are aware of some of the technological advances already in place. The revolution in 3D printing is proceeding at an exhilarating rate. Replacing invasive heart bypass operations, with keyhole surgery is another area where technology has benefited the patient. As surgeons understand even more about the human body, then MRI scans and other diagnostic procedures are ever more fine-tuned to predict any health fluctuations.
2016 will definitely be a year of changes. Major software and data companies will be competing to gain a share of the lucrative healthcare market, and more patients will benefit from these changes. Unfortunately not all technological changes run to plan, especially when bureaucracy, the law and human error are also added to the mix.