Wearables, telehealth and AI — healthcare tech predictions for 2022

Technology has had an impact in most areas of our lives. In the healthcare sector, the pandemic has seen an increase in the use of remote consultations and more.

In the coming year, experts expect this to continue along with trends toward artificial intelligence, wearable devices, and more.

Daniel Kivatinos, Co-President and Co-Founder of DrChrono, believes that we will see more use of wearable technology. “Wearables may revolutionize the way we care for people with disabilities. Amazon created a new robot called ‘Amazon Astro,’ which can help patients who are confined or homebound by helping with household chores. person. This is a big step forward for someone who cannot walk. Another example is Apple’s AirPod; people who have been wearing hearing aids can use AirPods to enhance sounds when listening to music and enhance sounds in their existing environments. Imagine the possibilities that AirPods and other similar wearable devices can have as an essential wearable device when more sensors are added. AirPods can become more than just listening to music, they become ‘Dr. AirPods’ that can control your temperature, monitor your posture and track other areas of your health. “

Kivatinos also believes that we will see telehealth become more common. “Like last year, we will see increasing adoption of telehealth among patients and other specialties in 2022. Physicians, medical practices, urgent care clinics, and care teams are drawing on more healthcare experiences. An Updox survey reported that 51 percent of respondents say they would continue to use telehealth services after the pandemic is over because they like the convenience it offers. Additionally, a recent McKinsey report indicates that telehealth use increased 38 times from the pre-COVID-19 baseline. Telehealth will become the norm in healthcare. I anticipate that it might even exceed normal in-person visits in specific areas such as mental health and remote physical therapy. “

Bala Kumar, CPO of Jumio, thinks that as digital medical appointments become commonplace, the need to ensure identity fraud prevention will increase:

With data showing that four out of 10 GP appointments are not yet face-to-face and urging that doctor’s surgeries continue in this way, the digital revolution in healthcare will continue to accelerate well into 2022. .

But with such delicate health-related issues at stake, and with the potential harm so great, knowing who a patient is online is vitally important.

To avoid cases of prescription fraud in particular, online medical providers will need to put in place robust ways to prove that a patient is who they say they are.

Furthermore, if the government continues to push for a digital approach to appointments, establishing this level of trust between the patient and the GP will also be vital to ensure acceptance and open-mindedness.

We will see more use of AI in health insights argodesignCreative Technology Chief Jared Ficklin. “In 2022, an AI will send you a text message advising you to take your allergy medications. Health care systems are finally using AI and those systems have matured rapidly. What once processed data to obtain information or attributes about the patients, you can now model care plans.With it, the promises of more personalized care, simple things like prescription reminders and seasonal alerts could be done on a per-patient basis. This technology could ultimately drive a constant refinement of protocols of treatment, learning what works best through modeling and simulation. The net effect is fewer people needing last-minute emergency treatment and better overall patient care outcomes. “

Catalina Calarco from Automation anywhere sees increased use of automation to ease workloads. “The future of healthcare is projected to see significant growth as overburdened healthcare workers need an outlet to alleviate their heavy administrative process workloads. This is where automation offers great potential. Many aspects of healthcare processes are mundane and repetitive, such as filling out forms, transferring data between systems, finding patient data in a spreadsheet or database, and gathering information from multiple sources to create reports. Automating these tasks eases time for healthcare providers to meet with more patients, innovate and solve medical problems.As part of the value chain, medical supplies, devices and pharmaceutical companies continue to innovate to support healthcare through continuity of vital supplies, follow-up of clinical trials virt and enabling better patient care through the rapid adoption of intelligent automation. “

Researchers in Kaspersky We hope that the healthcare sector will continue to attract the attention of cybercriminals. “In the coming year, the attack vector for the healthcare sector will only continue to expand, as more patient data moves to the internet and healthcare providers continue to embrace digital treatment services, such as telehealth. 2021 already saw an increase in healthcare data breaches by one and a half compared to 2019. Attackers are expected to look for vulnerabilities that they can exploit in new wearable devices and medical applications that are being developed or that create applications. fraudulent that users may download by mistake. Also, as different countries establish different vaccination rules for traveling and visiting restaurants, the market for fraudulent digital passports and vaccination certificates will continue to grow. “

This is repeated by HP Security Member of the Advisory Board and partner of Deloitte, Robert Masse. “Attackers have noted that targeting certain industries will result in a higher probability of payment. We could see more attacks on research, education, and healthcare organizations. Threat actors may well target high-risk devices, such as critical healthcare systems. and its supporting infrastructure, where the risk of significant damage will be higher and therefore payment will come quickly. This has already started to happen in regions like Canada, and surgeries are delayed due to ransomware attacks. “

The team of Trust He also believes that protecting health-related data will be critical. “The emphasis on data sharing is expected to prevail in the healthcare industry, and the rise of healthcare-related applications will lead to a crackdown on the way healthcare data is handled. The Federal Trade Commission It recently announced stricter measures to enforce reporting of data breaches from these apps, and the measures are starting to spark conversations about what types of health data the rule should apply to. “

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