Health informatics represents the integration of information technology into design and delivery of healthcare services. Health informatics refers to the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of healthcare information to ensure optimal collaboration between patients and healthcare providers.
This field of healthcare focuses on creating avenues to store confidential healthcare information and build communication protocols for doctors and other healthcare professionals to have quick, easy, and efficient access to medical records. Health informatics is an evolving field that aims at transforming the healthcare industry by streamlining the processing of data and distribution of valuable insights across the healthcare system.
Here are 4 emerging technologies that are empowering health informatics:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Deep learning in AI utilizes neural networks that can analyze large volume of complex data. AI tools can be used to mine medical data to improve how hospitals and healthcare professionals deliver care to their patients. This not only increases productivity but also enhances healthcare delivery. AI also assists in improving the experience of healthcare practitioners, enabling them to spend more time in giving direct care to patients and reducing burnouts.
Robotics – Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, allows doctors to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility, and control than other conventional techniques. Robotic surgery is usually associated with minimally invasive surgery — procedures performed through tiny incisions. The most common example of clinical robotic surgical system is a camera arm and mechanical arms with surgical instruments attached to them that can be controlled by a surgeon sitting on a computer console near the operating table. This form of surgery is gaining wide recognition across hospitals in the United States and Europe.
Nanomedicine – Nanomedicine refers to highly specific medical intervention at the molecular scale for curing disease or repairing damaged tissues such as bone, muscle or nerve. It utilizes nanotechnology, the study of molecular structure, for developing precise devices to advance biomedical research and clinical practice. Currently, research is underway on a global scale to develop nanotechnology applications in cardiology, neurology, and many other medical specialties.
Cloud Computing – Cloud is changing the way healthcare data is generated, stored, shared and consumed. Healthcare providers are now efficiently utilizing this technology to gain efficiencies, optimize workflows, lower the costs, and offer customized care to improve outcomes. Cloud computing brings two-fold benefits to the healthcare industry – it enables the hospital, doctors, and other medical practitioners to reduce operational expenses by enhancing network and storage capabilities while offering scalability. On the other hand, it facilities delivery of high-quality and personalized care to patients.
In conclusion, there is a greater need to access large amounts of patient health and medical research data than ever before. Health informatics coupled with other emerging technologies can open the door for the healthcare system to effectively manage this data and deliver specialized care to its patients.