Charlotte Kelly
November 17, 2017

Digital Transformation in Healthcare: 6 Key Examples & Trends

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What does Digital Transformation mean for Healthcare?

As healthcare shifts from volume to value, the ability to effectively determine the most efficient, cost effective and appropriate health plan for patients is now more important than ever before.

Through the use of new technologies and applications, patients are now able to easily monitor vital signs and overall wellbeing, allowing them to become active and responsive stakeholders in their health plan, increase quality of life and take preventative actions against further development of chronic illness. But how is this impacting the world of Health?

Take a look at 6 examples and trends that show the impact of Digital Transformation on healthcare, fitness and wellness.


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1. Increasing Patient Engagement through Technology

In general, patients that already wish to be engaged in their treatment decision-making process, and those who are engaged as decision-makers in their care tend to be healthier and have better outcomes as a result. New health technologies such as telemedicine are now playing a huge role in the relationship between providers and patients, but Digital Transformation is also encouraging patient engagement via:
  • Open Access Electronic Health Records for Patients
  • Engaging with clients over Social Media
  • Online Chat forums for patients to use for instant advice
  • Email communications and e-check ups from doctors

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2. Artificial Intelligence in Health

Artificial Intelligence is the process whereby machines & ‘robots’ can exhibit logic or make decisions in line with that of a Human being. In healthcare, a key area of this can be in the form of diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and process automation.

A great example of the value of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare is in the decision making process for prescription. In this case, there are more than 800 medicines and vaccines currently available as an option for cancer treatment. This holds a negative impact on the doctors, as there are too many options to choose from. This choice ends up making it more difficult to choose the right drugs for the patients. Using Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft is currently working on a project to develop a machine called "Hanover”, with the goal to memorize all the papers necessary to cancer diagnoses and help predict which combinations of drugs will be most effective for each patient. Study: IBM - Improving Customer Experience through Cognitive Watson Automation technology

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3. Wearables and IoT

Wearables, or Wearable Devices, refer to electronic technologies or computers that are incorporated into items of clothing and accessories which can comfortably be worn on the body. Naturally, the rise of Wearable technology has major implications for Healthcare, with the ability to monitor heartrates, fitness levels, and even check blood pressure.

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Health organizations, including doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies, are the most trusted when referring wearables to their customers. The ability to share information in real-time with providers makes health-focused wearables some of the most popular in the field, and have numerous applications:

Health Apps: Examples of Digital Transformation in Health, Key Trends

4. Health Apps

Health apps are a part of the movement towards mobile health (mHealth) programs in health care. Made for smart devices such as mobiles and tablets, Health apps can be used to monitor health, track activity, or notify care providers, should a certain measure be exceeded/emergency health issue come into play. 

Apps like 'Push Doctor' allow patients to immediately receive an e-consultation for a small fee. These apps massively increase accessibility, particularly for patients who may be house-bound,  bed-ridden, or physically unable to get to a GP. 

Health apps can also be used for:

  • Tracking fitness targets & activity
  • Medication Adherence
  • Digital Mental Health Apps
  • Instant Consultations
  • Emergency Assistance Notifications

Read More: What are Health Apps? 5 game-changing examples

5. Big Data for Health

Put simply, Big Data typifies massive data sets that can be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and correlations. In Healthcare, medical records and continuous monitoring & research produce quantifiable data in droves, making it a prime industry for this application.

The ability to intepret and analyse data and inputs en masse has the potential to transform a platitude of aspects of the Healthcare Industry. 5 key applications for Big Data in Healthcare for 2017 include:

  • The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)
  • The rise of Value-Based Care
  • Predictive Analytics for Improving Healthcare Outcomes
  • Patient Monitoring in Real Time
  • Reducing Fraud, Waste, and Exploitation

3D Printing - 6 leading examples of Digital Transformation in Healthcare

6. 3D Printing in Healthcare

3D printing, part of additive manufacturing, involves the production of three dimensional solid objects which have been designed from a digital file and produced through a printer which uses a layering technique to create the final object. This development is one of the more incredible innovations in the HealthTech world.

Examples of 3D printing in Healthcare include:

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