Comment: How disruptive technology is transforming the healthcare sector

Or Retzkin, chief executive of EyeControl, explores how technology has transformed the healthcare sector and what impact this is having on patientsí lives

EyeControl will give a voice back to people with Locked-In syndrome

Undoubtedly, technology has transformed the way we work, shop, travel and communicate.

Just like every other sector currently, the healthcare sector is experiencing huge change as a result of technology and these advancements are making lives easier, not only for individuals, but for healthcare providers and carers also

Many industries have been completely revolutionised in recent years due to technology. And, with the introduction of artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and blockchain, to name a few of the latest technologies; both organisations and individuals are seeing a transformation in the way day-to-day operations are handled.

The UK's healthtech sector has seen rapid growth in recent years, from apps in which individuals can receive an online GP appointment instantly, to monitoring various elements of their health through their phones.

Just like every other sector currently, the healthcare sector is experiencing huge change as a result of technology and these advancements are making lives easier, not only for individuals, but for healthcare providers and carers also.

There are plenty of solutions out there that focus on making the lives of patients easier or more manageable. And, while this is incredibly important, something that does this, but also makes the lives of carers simpler too, is completely life changing.

Technologies such as this may not receive as much attention as, say, an app that connects you to a GP instantly; but it is these advancements that are truly impacting the healthcare industry and transforming lives for the better.

These more-custom applications are making a real difference by providing a personalised solution for a group of people, despite the size of their niche.

As PwC recently said, ďDigital healthcare is not about the technologies, itís about new ways of solving healthcare problems, creating unique experiences for patients and accelerating healthcare providersí growth.Ē

Over the past 10-20 years weíve seen organisations make it easier for people to communicate with one another, no matter where they are in the world, via Skype, Facebook, Whatsapp or other social media tools.

Digital healthcare is not about the technologies, itís about new ways of solving healthcare problems, creating unique experiences for patients and accelerating healthcare providersí growth

Yet, while some might take this new style of communications for granted, for others it is a luxury they can only dream of.

This is particularly the case for locked-in patients, a condition in which patients have full cognitive ability, but are unable to move or speak.

We provide an AI-powered wearable device thatís designed for individuals with Locked-In Syndrome. It is intended for individuals suffering from Motor Neuron Diseases (MND), stroke and traumatic brain injury, which render communication nearly impossible.

Our device gives a voice to the voiceless, and it is healthtech innovations such as this that are truly transforming day-to-day tasks for both locked-in individuals and their carers.

The freedom that a device such as the EyeControl provides someone who is locked-in enables them to communicate 24/7, immediately upon waking, while in the bathroom, and even while travelling.

Currently, we believe the most-transformative technologies in the healthcare sector are those that are making a very-real impact on the day-to-day lives of individuals with specific illnesses or diseases and their carers or loved ones.

Improving the quality of life for everyone should be a priority within healthcare, and while itís great that technology is transforming all facets of the industry, it is those that focus on these simple elements that are making a real difference.

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