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( EHR ) was considered for the first time . However , at that point , computers were expensive , complex and unreliable , and it was only during the following decade – the 1970s – which brought us MRI machines , that EHR gained greater acceptance . Electronic records stored in databases became more mainstream in the 1990s , albeit in tandem with a huge volume of paper-based documentation .
Fast forward to today
The future is here . The first robotic surgery took place in 1997 , followed four years later by
Artificial Intelligence ( AI ), IoMT and digital therapeutics ( monitoring via wearables ).
The concept of data-driven healthcare could be described as industry players generating and analysing data for improved patient care and better business outcomes .
However , there are three technology pillars that must be considered in order for this to become a reality – data hosting , data transportation and data security .
Data hosting
There ’ s no question that data needs to be hosted in the right place , but this in itself can become a complex process .
For instance , it is critical that a hospital ’ s heating , ventilation and air conditioning ( HVAC ) information is retained on-site , but the same institution ’ s financial information would probably need to be hosted at its head office , which would most likely be kilometres away from the medical facilities .
Jaap Scholten , Head of Group Hybrid IT at Datacentrix
The medical staff , who want to analyse results , need tools to find trends within masses of unstructured data , so here it would make the most sense to host this information in the cloud where the tools exist to perform the analysis .
Let ’ s stop there for a moment . remote robotic surgery . And then in 2019 , we saw the first remote robotic surgery over 5G . The following year , Google Cloud launched its healthcare interoperability readiness programme , alongside 5G-enabled Internet of Medical Things ( IoMT ) devices , nanomedicine , rapid drug development and more .
So where are we now ?
Data-driven healthcare – or the smart analysis of de-identified healthcare data – is set to be worth US $ 70 billion by 2025 , according to Bain & Company .
Faster network speeds and the Internet have provided the kinetic energy to drive advances in the medical sector . These include remote patient monitoring ,
Fossil fuel cars require a lot of maintenance requirements , from spark plugs to gearboxes , oil changes and timing belts , brake pads and filters . However , electric cars do not require the same level of upkeep , as even the brake pads are hardly used due to regenerative braking and software updates are received via the Internet .
Therefore , you could say that hybrid cars seem to be the worst choice possible – all the maintenance of a fossil fuel car , plus a small amount of the electric benefit . Yet , hybrid cars are an essential stepping stone to get to pure electrical vehicles , for reasons such as erratic electricity supplies , or continuously emerging battery technologies .
When it comes to technology , hybrid IT – or a combination of cloud and on-premises technology – provides the same stepping
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