4 Technology Trends Shaping the Health and Wellness Industry
There was never any doubt that digitization would slowly make its way into every corner of our daily lives. As a result, all of the biggest trends in health and wellness are technology-based. We’re seeing the dawn of a new age of information sharing, diagnosis, and treatment in this field and it’s moving rapidly across this sector. For consumers, this shift means shorter wait times, streamlined paperwork, and more accurate self diagnosis. Below are just a few of the most interesting trends that are catching on in the health and wellness industry:
- Telemedicine: With telemedicine, travel and wait times are cut out of the equation altogether. From mobile therapy, to follow-up visits via smartphones, it’s no wonder that 80 percent of doctors surveyed believe that telemedicine is a better way for consumers to manage chronic diseases than a traditional office. As for retailers? They seem to agree. In fact, Walgreens implemented Skin Care Answers and Dermatologists-On-Call, cutting out wait times and allowing patients seeking skin advice to chat live with a network of pharmacy staff and dermatologists. Consumers can even use Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, to download a WebMD app and diagnose simple ailments.
- 3D Doctor’s Glasses: EchoPixel created stereoscope technology, which gives doctors the abilities to take their 2D scans (x-ray, CT, MRI) and view them in 3D in order to move the image around and get a more complete view of what’s going on with each patient. Armed with a stylus and 3D glasses, the doctor is able to see all around the areas in question, rather than having to guess. This technology aids in diagnosis as well as treatment and surgery planning.
- Mobility And Cloud Access: 80 percent of doctors already use smartphones and medical apps. Mobile and cloud systems make getting and sharing information much easier. No more folders and charts – information is moving towards being stored in the cloud, allowing for immediate accessibility via mobile. Taking the logging and sorting of files out of the picture streamlines the sharing of information and allows for a focus to be turned to more important tasks.
- Internet of [Medical] Things: We’ve seen the term ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) popping up more and more frequently, so it’s no surprise it’s reached the health and wellness industry as well. As Forbes reports, “mobile and wearable devices are increasingly connected, working together to create a cohesive medical report accessible anywhere by your healthcare provider.” This works for health and wellness brands and retail clinics as well. IoT keeps consumer data in real time, making care that much faster and easier.
As technology advances and the instant gratification mindset becomes the norm, the health and wellness industry will implement these systems not only to alleviate stress and wait times for both patients and consumers, but to make life easier for doctors and brand owners alike. These systems streamline day-to-day operations and make life easier for non-emergency patients or consumers looking for a quick, effective health fix. While this trend may feel like it’s expanding quicker than anyone can keep up with, all the changes are for the best.
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