The healthcare industry has long been one of sporadic highs and lows. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult industries to accurately predict from year to year. While hugely important aspects of the healthcare industry are hotly debated in the halls of Congress, scientists around the world are making breakthrough discoveries in developing ground-breaking devices and medical methods.
Here are the biggest technology trends in healthcare to watch out for in 2019.
Electronic Medical Records or EMRs
Electronic Medical Records offer more than just convenience for medical staff. Although still slow to be comprehensively adopted in the country as a whole (largely due to for-profit hospitals’ distrust in each other when it comes to sharing patient data), through advances in technology and medical software databases it is now possible to share a patient’s medical records across many platforms instantly.
Blockchain systems are another hot trend to look out for the medical industry. In a nutshell, blockchain technology allows large swaths of data to be stored in a tiny space. This technology is also at the heart of emerging cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, Dash, and Dogecoin. Although these currencies have been existing in the Wild West of legitimacy, Bitcoin in particular has seen the widest level of acceptance. Many companies, including some coffee shop chains, now regularly accept Bitcoin as a payment method.
Smartphones in the Classroom
One of the most surprising trends in healthcare right now is the 180-degree turn that schools and universities are now making towards the acceptance and encouragement of use of smartphones in the classroom. Medical students aren’t hiding their phones underneath their desk anymore, and instead are encouraged to use their smart devices to aid in the learning process.
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