Three Technologies That Healthcare Turned To in 2020
// By Sachin Kalra //
Our reality has been split in two by the coronavirus pandemic. There is the reality of what was important pre-coronavirus and what is important now. It has forced a rapid rethink of priorities, as medical institutions try to save as many lives as they can while dealing with pressures that were unthinkable a short while ago.
So how has COVID-19 shifted the future of healthcare in just a few short months? When rapid solutions and ad hoc fixes are now the norm, what futuristic technologies are helping us through, and which ones will have to remain on the backburner until better times return? Here is our view on the medical technology that will naturally come to the forefront in the challenging times ahead.
1. Data and Risk Prediction
Viral pandemics aren’t a new threat. COVID-19 isn’t the first, and it’s unlikely to be the last. But 2020 has something unique in its arsenal that previous generations did not have. As never before, we can collect and share vast volumes of data that can help to map and predict the trajectory of the virus.
Applying machine learning to these vast quantities of data has given us vital clues about who is most at risk from infection, how the disease might spread, and even how to predict future pandemics.