New Infosys report aims to not just identify key digital technology trends, but to also determine how technology improves operations, solves new problems, or creates new opportunities in healthcare.
IT major Infosys has released a report focusing on the top technologies being used by healthcare firms across the world. The report, Digital Outlook: Healthcare Industry, indicates that cybersecurity (77 per cent), Big Data analytics (72 per cent) and AI (59 per cent) are the top three digital technologies most utilised by healthcare firms today. The survey included companies from seven countries across the world, including India.
As per the survey findings, healthcare organisations use about six digital technologies on an average. It further revealed that 3D printing (three-dimensional printing), Blockchain technology, and Internet of Things (IoT) were among the other technologies that could improve the healthcare industry.
The report mentioned that the motive was not just to identify key digital technology trends, but to also determinehow technology improved operations, solved new problems, or created new opportunities.
Understanding the key digital tech trends in healthcare
The survey was conducted among 115 respondents from the healthcare industry to understand the top digital technology trends that would make the greatest impact on their business over the next three years. On an average, each respondent from the healthcare sector had four trends in their list of what would make a significant impact on their organisation in the next three years.
Of the 12 surveyed trends, the top healthcare trends for the next three years included Big Data predicts and prevents, electronic health record systems get a makeover, and hospital care turns remote.
However, when the survey asked respondents if they were equipped to implement the top technology trend, majority said they possibly needed to improve their skills (92 percent) and their technologies further (85 percent).
In terms of investment, the survey stated that healthcare providers plan to invest in digital technologies in the next 12 months. EHR systems and Big Data analytics will receive investments from most companies in the next three years, the report said.
Analysts predict that by 2019, $75 billion (Rs 4.88 lakh crore) will be spent worldwide on information technology (IT) related to remote delivery of healthcare through video conferencing, mobile, e-mail etc.