Health care is an area that greatly benefits from technology and Canada is no exemption. New technologies in healthcare mean that healthcare professionals can provide better and higher quality of care for the patients. The technologies can be in many different areas, such as diagnosis as well as treatment. For example, certain machines can be used for better detection of various illnesses, while other evidence-based procedures and/or new equipment could aid in the treatment process, such as robotic surgery. Having such technologies ensures minimum error rates and maximum effectiveness.
Nevertheless, we find that new technology can sometimes also inspire trepidation in the healthcare industry. This can be because of the healthcare professionals being unwilling to undergo the change that is needed to embrace the new technology. In some cases, the healthcare professionals might also be wary of the new technology and they might not want to work with it.
One of the technologies that inspire both optimism as well as trepidation is the digital transformation of patient’s records. Some hospitals have already taken the leap, such as the Humber River Hospital, which Peter Bak (CIO), depicted as “North America’s first fully digital hospital.”
The thing to note is that Canada’s aging population has been putting unprecedented amounts of pressure on the Canadian healthcare system. This is why technology is expected to play an increasingly important role in providing, maintaining, as well as improving access to various healthcare amenities and facilities to the people. Some of the technologies that are likely to be integrated into the Canadian healthcare system include digital devices that people can wear on them that would remotely monitor their vital signs as well as other important measurements, as well as mobile phone applications.
One of the problems that have been identified in the Canadian healthcare system is the long wait that patients have to endure before seeing a doctor. It has been found that almost 20% of the Canadians have depicted that they have to wait 7 or more days to see a family doctor, with almost 34% saying that they have had to wait for four hours or more in the emergency department, while almost 50% of Canadians have reported waiting four weeks or more to see a specialist. One of the solutions in this regard in terms of technology is using Voice-First Technology.
If you have heard of Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, you know what Voice-First technology is. These are all voice-first artificial intelligence assistance that can help people in a number of ways. One of the implications of such a technology is that in the future, everyone can have their own personal artificially intelligent physician at home.
The assistant could ask the person questions about the various symptoms that the person is having and be able to diagnose the issue and provide the proper treatment options. First-voice technology can drastically change and improve the Canadian healthcare system in a number of ways and such technology is truly the healthcare technology for the future.
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