Patients are now able to receive a more efficient and protected form of healthcare by not only medical professionals but also with the technology now included in some hospitals. In 2017 healthcare services are expected to receive a facelift in the way that information is collected and utilized. With the advent of artificial intelligence and blockchain comes a more safe guarded and efficient form of data gathering and processing.
Cognitive computing is gaining more recognition as the new form of healthcare information acquisition and transference between the medical professional and patient. This new technology is allowing doctors to upload information faster and help more patients quicker than ever before. With this comes the ability to also correlate other patients information to help gain more clarity of each situation, faster. IBM’s “Watson Health” is being used to help diagnose and treat medical issues in relation to each person’s own genetics, medical history and recorded health information from any Apple watch, iPhone & iPad applications. If the medical condition is not an immediate threat the patient can now also upload a picture of their injury and the computer will be able to diagnose and give a useful diagnosis for the injury immediately. Not only is this possible but Watson Health can also use its AI to successfully predict epidemics, improve quality of life, and prevent deaths. Another benefit is administrative. The ability of the computer to voice analyze and take notes for the physician or fill out a prescription. This has been in effect in 14 different hospitals across The United States since late 2015 and has seen great success in diagnosing cancer in different patients and create cancer treatments never thought of before.
As data propels the health industry forward, passing along people’s medical records efficiently and securely is of paramount importance. In recent times there have been significant data breaches inside the computer systems of large medical facilities such as Anthem and UCLA Health. With these breaches happening it is important for the medical professional field to combat these hackers. Blockchain has been known as a “digital wallet” for cryptocurrency over the past many years and is now expanding its encrypting technology to help protect healthcare’s important information. Blockchain is now being used to protect and efficiently manage the lifespan of a billing statement as well as a patient’s medical records. Now Blockchain will treat all health records as if they were currency, encrypting and correctly categorizing each patient’s information for each medical professional to see and interact with every patient efficiently and securely. This technology protects all information by utilizing high forms of multi-signatures & cryptography.There has been a recent addition to this evolving healthcare data mining culture.The company Gems newest initiative; “Gem Health” is now paving the way for a safer more productive management of medical records. This new technology can securely move medical documents in real time, allowing the medical team to act quicker with each patient. This disguises the information to onlookers and is only readable by the intended user. Paying medical bills as well as transferring important personal medical history is now easier and more protected than ever before.
As technology advances so do the people and businesses that utilize it. It is clear that toady’s age requires more security and “outside the box” thinking. Now that some healthcare professionals have implemented the beforementioned technology we are seeing a direct correlation to their success from its implementation. Only time will tell how succesful it can make the medical field.