Audio Visual (AV) technologies are making a big impact in the medical world and new IT developments are offering significant healthcare benefits. Smart medical devices and state of the art technologies are changing the way patients are treated and improving outcomes for patients and working practices for staff.
In healthcare, AV trends stem well beyond video walls and digital displays in the reception area that offer direction for visitors. Here are 4 healthcare AV trends transforming the practice of medicine……
1. Healthcare AV & AI
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is enhancing digital assistants in hospitals and giving doctors and practitioners more and more time to spend with their patients.
Wearable devices that can collect and measure data are becoming commonplace. In the consumer market for example, data collected from wearables including Fitbits and Apple Watches are able to give useful information on a person’s health and level of activity over a period of time.
Smartphone apps are another growing trend in Heathcare AV. The Google Fit app can measure steps and give people an indication of their activity levels. Later in the year Apple will be releasing a new App for the Apple Watch 4 that will be able to run an FDA-approved electrocardiogram (ECG) test. A study found that the smartwatch could correctly predict atrial fibrillation (AFib) more than 98% of the time.
AR and VR are likely to make a similar impact in the coming years in healthcare. A report by Deloitte highlights 3D simulators as being able to provide a patient a full picture of the likely results of consuming a healthier diet.
2. Collaboration – Telemedicine
Real-time AV collaboration systems allow practitioners to discuss medical situations with patients and with each other remotely. Collaboration also has the benefit of providing remote connection between a doctor and their patient. Down the line this could mean everything from a doctor doing “virtual rounds” where they can call in and check up on their patients’ condition, to local pharmacies providing remote consultations with doctors.
Telemedicine is going to really change the landscape because it has the power remove barriers so people can get assessed and treated faster and more efficiently.
3. Technology-Rich Learning Universities
Universities around the world have been upgrading their IT and AV facilities in training laboratories and many are adding virtual anatomy labs.
Last year the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine Virtual Anatomy Lab stepped into the future and its lab is now fitted with 36 state of the art student workstations. Here students can learn in an environment where samples don’t deteriorate – as they would in a traditional laboratory.
Whilst there is a big outlay at the start to invest in a virtual lab, purchasing screens and software etc., the running costs are much lower than a traditional solution. Virtual labs also provide students more flexibility and the option to study different systems within the body.
4. Growing AV Network Size
With new technologies comes larger networks. Network size is only going to increase over the coming years as more smart devices go online and the demand for more interactivity increases.
The rapid growth of data-heavy healthcare technologies will mean that robust and well-thought-out network infrastructures will need to be put in place in modern healthcare facilities. Ultimately though, we can look forward to significant patient and staff benefits with improved infrastructures that can support advancing healthcare technologies.