The field of medicine has also been a rapidly changing one. Now, technology is improving the way that healthcare is delivered. There has been a rapid pace of technological advance that has made telehealth more viable than ever before. The machinery is in place to collect larger databases than the past. Consumer apps exist that now track patient activity and sleep. This comes in addition to the notes left by physicians. According to Jack Plotkin, the CTO of Virtual Health, this is going to change the way telehealth integrates with the healthcare field.
This, in many ways, is the sunrise of digital therapeutics. People should not view digital therapeutics and virtual healthcare as someone that is bossing them around. This should be viewed as a tool that exists in addition to the benefit of traditional medicine. Digital therapeutics are used to collect information that doctors need to make accurate decisions. This can be done to track someone’s health at the gym, monitor their health while they work, and collect important information on vital signs are people relax at home.
As more and more data are collected than ever before, the machines are going to get smarter than in the past. This will lead to an improvement in analytics. These analytics will play a role in helping doctors make more accurate decisions. With more data than ever before also comes an increase in responsibility. Patients will depend on doctors and healthcare systems to safeguard their private information, ensuring that it will not be accessed by the public. Fortunately, there is already an important regulatory framework in place to ensure this information is used for preventative healthcare and not for any devious surfaces. With an improvement in the world of preventative healthcare, and insurance companies recognizing its value, telehealth is going to become more important than ever before. People like Jack Plotkin are going to lead the way.