Continuous technological developments in healthcare have saved countless lives and improved the quality of life for even more. Not only has technology changed experiences for patients and their families, but it’s also had a huge impact on medical processes and the practices of healthcare professionals.

Technology is transforming the way we live. When it comes to our health, we use the latest technology to get the maximum benefit out of it in order to lead a healthy life. Of late, technology is our part and parcel of our life, we use wearable gadgets to monitor our stress level, heart rate, blood pressure, etc. Thus, we depend on technology and innovation to lead a stress-free life.

Experts in the healthcare believe that by 2018, more than 70 percent of healthcare organizations would invest in consumer-facing mobile apps, wearable health gadgets, remote health monitoring tools and virtual care.  By 2020, health data will travel through the cloud, the mobility solutions to touch $83 million from $65 in 2015.

While the most talked-about advances tend to relate to medical interventions, technology is also working hard behind the scenes to improve patients’ experiences. Pat McCaffrey, TeleTech’s senior vice president for healthcare and government solutions, says that the industry is being transformed through tools and technologies that seamlessly leverage data, personalize member outreach and engagement, and improve provider collaboration for better outcomes. In the doctor’s office, at the pharmacy, and on the phone to the contact center, innovative companies are looking outside-in to improve how patients and customers interact.

Telemedicine brings patients and doctors together: According to the American Telemedicine Association, more than half of the hospitals in the United States use some form of telemedicine. Close to 1 million Americans use remote cardiac monitors and millions of patients worldwide use telemedicine to monitor their vital signs and reduce the need for hospital visits.

Mobile technology is also making it possible to virtually connect to a doctor anytime and anywhere. Bauer says that this helps reduce the costs of commuting and decreases the risk of sick patients spreading contagious diseases in waiting rooms. With mobile devices, patients can share very clear images or video of problems they might be having with their physicians. “Smartphone pictures are of diagnostic quality,” he says. Additionally, telemedicine could be potentially life-saving, not to mention extremely convenient, for patients who live hours away from the nearest hospital and require immediate help. It may also spur more preventative doctor interactions.

Social media and patient networks: Some institutions are leveraging social methods to improve collaboration and communication, both between doctors and patients as well as among patients themselves. The Mayo Clinic is among the most advanced healthcare institutions when it comes to leveraging social media and in 2010 launched its Center for Social Media, which serves as a resource for health-related organizations that are interested in leveraging social tools.

Technology is moving forward so rapidly that the rest of the world (developing countries) may not be able catch up. Will peoples still have fast access to innovative medial technologies in the future?