The continuous evolution of technology is causing various changes in all areas, and the healthcare industry is not excluded. In 2015, Nuance Communications, a renowned multinational computer software technology corporation, released details of a study which revealed that over 54% of patients aged 18 to 24 search online for health information.
On a global level, 39% of people are using an online search engine to look for medical help and rely on online physician ratings before choosing a medical provider.
However, easy access to medical help isn’t the only improvement technology has brought to the healthcare industry. Nowadays, hospitals make the best of social media by establishing online contact with their patients. They can answer medical-related questions, give help, and inform about practices or launch awareness campaigns, Business Insider says.
Furthermore, technology is constantly providing the medical system with innovative machines, medicines, and treatments, along with new research possibilities, making healthcare even more effective.
Technology also has a great impact in the patient-doctor relationship. Telemedicine, a practice where doctors diagnose and treat out-of-reach patients, is a major breakthrough in the way hospitals manage emergency situations, especially when the patients are located in rural or under-developed areas.
Last but not least, technology is providing us with access to online databases that can predict future medical trends, helping people all around the world prevent and treat diseases more effectively.