How technology will help fuel healthcare in 2014

It’s no secret that technology has been making a huge impact on healthcare and will continue to do so more prominently in years to come. But, with so much information being thrown around everywhere we turn, it’s useful to look at the big picture simplified into different buckets to get an idea of what to look out for this year. A recent guest post on SurroundHealth by internet tech writer, Rose Haywood, shares an overview of 4 tech trends in healthcare for 2014.

These are the four trends Haywood mentions in her article and our thoughts on why they are important.

Wearable technology- The growing availability and use of wearable devices is making it much easier for one to keep track of their daily activity and health. Even better, many of these devices can easily sync up with phones and tablets for more convenient use and tracking.

Even smarter devices- Devices now in development are said to be equipped with advanced technology that will be very useful for those with dietary restrictions. For example, upcoming technology is set to scan food for allergens, chemicals and nutrients, as well as monitor and test cholesterol levels.

Virtual doctor visits- Imagine not leaving your house or sitting in a waiting room to see the doctor. This may be your future, as technology advancements are making it easier to patients to access their doctors from a remote location. This could be especially useful for patients who are homebound.

3D printing- 3D printers have the ability to create essential medical resources, including hearing aids and prosthetic limbs. As this technology advances, these printers may be creating blood vessels and skin.

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To read the full article, “4 Tech Trends in Healthcare for 2014,” visit us on SurroundHealth.

How will these trends be impacting the healthcare workforce? Stay tuned for a follow-up article, coming soon!

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One Response to How technology will help fuel healthcare in 2014

  1. Justin says:

    These are all very important but one was over looked; better patient decision making from crowd sourced big data. With the massive amounts of data available patients can soon make better decisions on the course of care once diagnosed. They can now understand the treatment or procedure, the cost of care, and most importantly what combination of doctor, medication, and treatment have the best reported outcome based on their individual health history.

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