Technology is no longer simply a convenience to the general public; it is a necessity. This is not only true in the food and beverage industry, or the retail industry, but even in our own healthcare industry. More and more, patients are trying to find the best ways to track their health and improve their healthcare with technology. I have talked about this previously, especially with regard to today’s younger generations.
In addition, as the consumer technology industry continues to show that it can impact consumers’ well-being, innovators will continue to focus on ways to integrate this consumer technology into the healthcare industry. The key question is finding ways to provide maximum convenience to our patients without sacrificing quality of care.
Everyday consumers are becoming more connected through the Internet of Things (IoT) than ever before. Your phone is connected to your computer, watch, headphones, Alexa, TV, and more! Every new technology on the market is racing to integrate IoT solutions and the healthcare industry needs to as well.
Access to remote care, either through online means or telemedicine, will continue to become more popular. Similar to employers that continue to seek ways to make remote working environments more accessible to employees, healthcare providers must continue to find ways to make remote care options more accessible to their patients.
Along with the desire for more remote care options, Americans are seeking more self-care options. Via the use of wearable technology, we have begun to witness the rise in individuals’ desires to manage their own health from wherever they are. Healthcare providers should exhaust ways to use this technology to their advantage as well, as wearable technology has the ability to monitor an individual 24 hours a day.
The Future of Consumer Tech and Healthcare
Major tech players have substantially contributed to the integration of healthcare in consumer technology and those plans should only increase. As an example, Google plans to approach healthcare optimization from an angle of structured data. It plans to explore ways to utilize AI capabilities to analyze data more effectively.
Apple has already shown its capability to employ its products as patient-facing healthcare devices. It has been selected to be part of the FDA’s Digital Health Software Precertification Program and has been certified to produce future technological healthcare solutions. It also hopes to be able to use its health monitoring capabilities to issue alerts for abnormalities such as an irregular heart rhythm.
These are just two of the tech giants that are on the cutting edge of changing the way consumers interact with healthcare. We have seen a precipitous rise in the relationship between consumer technology and the healthcare industry and that will only increase in the years ahead.