How Technology Is Helping Solve Healthcare Challenges - Nnamdi Njoku

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3 min readApr 14, 2023
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Digital transformation has become a necessary tool within the healthcare industry. Healthcare’s ever-changing nature has helped the constant delivery around the world of patient expectations. We know that technology in today’s society will only continue to improve, but how will it further improve to assist the healthcare industry? I recently came across an article from Forbes, How Technology Is Helping Solve Healthcare Challenges by Sunny Pokala and it highlights how advancements in technology, such as Artificial Intelligence, have improved the delivery of healthcare services and how technology-based tools and systems can help bridge the gap between patients and healthcare providers.

“Healthcare technology can fundamentally alter how the industry operates for both patients and healthcare professionals.”

The article begins by highlighting the challenges faced by the healthcare industry, such as high costs, limited access to care, and a shortage of medical professionals. The pandemic has exacerbated these challenges, which has put additional strain on healthcare systems worldwide.

“Addressing many of the major issues afflicting healthcare depends on reducing inefficiencies. Patient record sharing is one process in need of modernization.”

One way in which technology is helping is through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI can be used to analyze large amounts of patient data and identify patterns that can help healthcare providers make more accurate diagnoses and treatment decisions. Additionally, AI can help streamline administrative tasks, freeing up healthcare professionals to focus on patient care.

Another way in which technology is helping to solve healthcare challenges is through the use of telemedicine. Telemedicine allows patients to receive healthcare services remotely, which can be especially beneficial for patients in rural or underserved areas. Additionally, telemedicine can help reduce healthcare costs by eliminating the need for in-person visits and reducing hospital readmissions.

“Using mobile phones, laptops and tablets, issues of geographic accessibility and timeliness of care are being addressed. It’s expected that technological breakthroughs and their application will continue to help solve the issue of healthcare access, along with broadband initiatives.”

The article further discusses how technology-based tools and systems can help bridge the gap between patients and healthcare providers. For example, mobile apps can help patients track their health and communicate with their healthcare providers in real time. Wearable devices can also help monitor patients’ health and alert healthcare providers if there are any changes that require attention.

By emphasizing the importance of continued investment in technology and innovation in healthcare, this highlights how technology is not only helping to address current healthcare challenges but also has the potential to transform the entire healthcare industry in the future.

“The emergence of new technologies has sped up development in healthcare.”

In summary, the use of AI, telemedicine, and technology-based tools and systems to improve healthcare delivery, reduce costs, and bridge the gap between patients and healthcare providers. This echoes my beliefs in the importance of continued investment in technology and innovation to address current challenges and transform the healthcare industry in the future.

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