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Are healthcare workers prepared for the digital health era?

October 4, 2019


The past decade has seen technology revolutionize the healthcare industry and digital tools are making treatments more accessible for people across the world. This digital disruption is creating increased efficiencies for healthcare providers and introducing technologies such as telehealth, smart hospitals and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that have the potential to improve patient outcomes on a global scale. The future of healthcare is arguably dependent on digital health, but also a skilled workforce to implement and administer such technologies successfully.

As much as 30% of the worlds stored data is generated by the healthcare industry, and the power of the correct analysis of this data is untold. McKinsey has estimated that big data could save between $300 to $450 billion annually in reduced healthcare costs alone. Dr. John Smithson, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of Nursing and Midwifery at James Cook University says “Going back 10 or 20 years, a lot of data was collected on paper and never saw the digital environment. But so much of our data now is being collected digitally, so that means we’ve got vast amounts of patient data available to us”. But, what can be done with this data?

Read more: Healthcare Dive

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