Dawn of Smart Medicine & Why It is Important

Innovation within the healthcare sector has given rise to smart medicine and data-driven decision-making. The scale of technology implementation across domains has improved patient outcomes and treatment efficacies. Hospitals are adopting cutting-edge technological advancements to treat healthcare issues through a more digital lens. Additionally, medical centres are also reducing the risk of mishaps and errors, with all processes leveraging smart healthcare practices.

The dawn of smart medicine has already shown improvements across treatment areas, with more hospitals adopting modernized protocols. Industry thought leaders, such as Dr Trehan Medanta, are working closely with modern healthcare solutions to introduce greater efficiency and better patient outcomes across specialty areas. Through data digitization, digital patient interaction, remote surgeries, smart medical devices, and other advancements, technology is ushering the new era of healthcare and medicine in India.

Expansion of healthcare reach in India

A key reason why smart medicine is critical in India is the expansion of the reach of doctors and medical centres. This includes expansion through digital technologies, telemedicine, remote surgeries, etc. Doctors are not limited to their clinics and can prescribe medicine and interact with patients in any part of the world.

Indians are also evolving to become far more adjusted to digitized interactivity, with two-thirds (67%) of Indians feeling neutral or comfortable about receiving diagnoses and advice through a healthcare application. Smart medicine ensures greater accessibility to modern treatment facilities, while also engaging patients at-scale.

Better results through smarter technology

Smart monitoring, diagnosing, and treatment protocols are more effective at-scale, when compared to traditional practices. Through the power of AI and machine learning, doctors can have access to rich insights driven through real patient data. This significantly enhances decision-making, enabling a more holistic approach to treatment and post-treatment protocols.

A key area where smart medicine is playing a vital role is in medication adherence, with non-adherence ranging from 24% for cardiac patients to 50–80% for hypertension patients. Doctors are increasingly prescribing smart devices, apps, and other technologically advanced solutions to ensure patients take their medicine on time.

Greater cost-effectiveness for treatments

Smart medicine solutions enhance patient outcomes, while also being cost-effective at-scale. The improvement in efficiencies, productivity, and patient management, reduce operating and manual costs. This incentivizes hospitals to adopt digitization further, while focusing on new areas where technology can introduce benefits.

To sum it up, India is leading the way in digital health records with close to 76% of healthcare professionals using them in their practice. Medical centres are uncovering the benefits of digitization of manual processes, while integrating smart medicine practices to improve communication and ease data-sharing. As a result, patients can gain access to healthcare treatments at more cost-effective rates, across diagnosis, treatment, hospitalization, etc.

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