Nigeria and other countries in the world have been asked to employ 12 exponential technologies in 2018 and the next 10 years towards sustainable health care services delivery. This was contained in a 2018 Global Health Care Outlook released by Deloitte, the world renowned management consulting company.
According to the management guru, synthetic biology and nanotechnology, digital medicine, genomics & proteomics, blockchain, API/gig economy, Virtual reality/augmented reality, additive manufacturing, robotics, data democratization, cognitive computing, ambient computing and Telemedicine are key in reducing costs, increase access and improve care across the world. The report notes that the adoption may reach varying levels of adoption and transformation within the next decade. “Some countries will adopt the technologies at the experimental level. There will also be early adopters, early majority, late majority and laggards, the report added.
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As technologies continue to dictate pace of rendering values to people and organisations, Deloitte, within the health care services delivery, says Smart Hospitals or health facilities entails;
- Appropriate treatments are delivered at the appropriate time, in the appropriate place, for the appropriate patient
- Clinicians use technology to more accurately diagnose and treat illness and deliver care
- All care delivery stakeholders across the ecosystem effectively and efficiently communicate and use information
- Patient data is in one, easily accessible place
- The correct individuals do the correct work (e.g., nurses handle patient care, not administrative tasks)
- Patients are informed and actively involved in their treatment plan
- New, cost-effective delivery models bring health care to places and people that don’t have it
- Efficiency improves; waste declines