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Impact of Health Technology on Healthcare Transformation

Impact of Health Technology on Healthcare Transformation


Healthcare technology has revolutionized the healthcare industry, providing significant advances and changing the way medical surgeries and births are performed. Over the years, developments in digital technology have played a key role in expanding treatment options and reshaping the healthcare professional's role. From the early debates about the use of computers in medicine in the 1960s to the prevalence of electronic health records (EHRs) today, digital technology has become an integral part of medical practice. 

Development of health technology 

In the early days, computers were considered too expensive and unreliable for medical practice. However, as technology has advanced and costs have fallen, policies and data standards have been put in place to facilitate the adoption of digital technologies in healthcare organizations. The digitization of paper medical records into electronic health records (EHRs) has made it easier for medical professionals to access and share health information efficiently and securely.

EHR systems and other technologies are now standard practice in patient engagement and treatment planning. Laptops and tablets are now as common as stethoscopes in healthcare settings, and there is growing evidence that EHRs positively impact the access and sharing of medical information.

Health technology challenges and opportunities

The introduction of EHRs and other digital technologies has brought many benefits, but it has also brought challenges. A major challenge is the collection of large amounts of unintegrated and non-standardized data. Many healthcare organizations have vast amounts of data that could potentially improve procedures and practices. However, extracting insights from this data requires advanced tools and expertise. Fortunately, new technologies such as cloud computing, blockchain, and artificial intelligence (AI) based on machine learning are emerging to help healthcare organizations discover patterns in data, improve data security, and facilitate data management. As the healthcare industry faces new challenges, technology solutions help business leaders improve performance, improve collaboration between systems, and manage costs more effectively. These solutions streamline processes, automate tasks, and improve workflows in ways humans alone can't. By using value-based reimbursement models in the healthcare sector, healthcare professionals can improve patient care, improve patient experience, and reduce burnout.

Future outlook: Future trends in health technology

As we move forward, it is important to partner with medical technology champions to ensure the best outcomes for society. While technological advances continue to drive innovation, the human factor remains a breakthrough barrier. It is therefore important to establish principles that guide and coordinate medical and technological development. As we move forward, it is important to partner with medical technology champions to ensure the best outcomes for society. While technological advances continue to drive innovation, the human factor remains a breakthrough barrier. It is therefore important to establish principles that guide and coordinate medical and technological development.

Digital health is back to basics

After record-breaking digital health financing and a subsequent market correction, health tech is going back to basics. Investors are prioritizing safety over risk this year, resulting in a more sophisticated approach to funding. Companies that are already profitable and have a path to profitability will get the most interest. Stable stock companies with mature business models and steady growth trajectories should also benefit from this trend. Mental and behavioral health, family planning, and femtech are expected to be heavily funded. Employers and payers are still looking for innovative solutions in these areas. However, due to financial pressures and a large number of point solution providers in the market, healthcare companies are expected to further delay the introduction of new tools.

Telemedicine is moving to 'higher quality care

Despite a decline in consumer usage since its peak in 2020, telemedicine is expected to grow as volumes shift from urgent care visits to virtual care for chronic needs. Clinicians are increasingly using telemedicine for high-quality chronic and long-term care, including consultation with specialists from other systems and postoperative follow-up. Telemedicine is becoming an essential tool in healthcare and is intended to assist and support doctors.

This year, telemedicine will follow the same clinical standards as face-to-face consultations, with a focus on quality and safety. Telemedicine standards have historically been controversial and led to regulatory scrutiny. As economic pressures and consumer expectations continue to evolve, the digital health point solutions market is expected to decline and many companies are expected to be acquired or closed.

An infection point of AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has long been touted as having the potential to transform the medical field. Adoption has been slow, but this year could be a tipping point for AI adoption in real-world medicine. Expect more evidence to emerge showing the impact of AI and machine learning (ML) on health outcomes and processes. AI should complement and support doctors and nursing staff rather than replace them.

The FDA has accelerated its approval of medical AI tools, having approved more than 520 devices by November. Healthcare providers and payers are expected to integrate AI into revenue cycle management, clinical decision support, and patient engagement. The use of AI and data analytics can help payers achieve efficiencies and improve the healthcare experience. 


Healthcare companies focus on cybersecurity and privacy

As healthcare organizations continue to adopt technology, the need for cybersecurity and privacy becomes even more important. Cyberattacks, such as ransomware attacks against hospitals, are on the rise due to the expansion of the attack surface. Healthcare organizations are expected to devote more resources to cybersecurity and comply with privacy laws this year. The lack of a comprehensive federal privacy law is considered a serious omission.

Privacy and trust will be key in the year ahead, especially given recent events that have sparked a national debate about privacy. Healthcare companies will continue to prioritize patient data security and build trust with their patients.


Health technology has revolutionized the healthcare industry, improving treatment options and reshaping the role of the health professional. The introduction of digital technologies such as electronic medical records and AI has brought many benefits but has also created challenges that require innovative solutions. Looking to the future, it is important to partner with champions of medical technology, with a focus on safety, quality care, and privacy. Harnessing the power of technology can continuously improve healthcare outcomes and enhance the patient experience.


Onisol Team

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