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5 Ways Digital Diagnostic Tools Are Changing Medicine
Imagine a tool that has the capability of accurately detecting disease and monitoring a patient’s health without the need for invasive, costly methods like X-rays and biopsies? Sounds impossible but this has become a reality in recent years.
As technology continues to evolve, it is no surprise that topics like digital diagnostics have become popular in the healthcare industry.
What Are Digital Diagnostic Tools?
Digital diagnostic tools are becoming more and more popular among healthcare providers. Through this technology health evaluations can be done virtually and electronically, allowing even patients who are not physically in their healthcare provider’s office to be diagnosed or evaluated. This innovative technology is predicted to improve medical care for both patients and doctors.
How is Digital Diagnostics Changing Medicine?
The evolution of digital diagnostics in medicine is making major changes in the Healthcare Industry for patients, physicians, and hospitals. AI and algorithm-based solutions in digital diagnostics are especially making big moves in the medical field in many ways.
“AI is a system, machine, or computer that can perform tasks, even better, then an able, intelligent, and capable human being can do. Its application is in solving problems or easing challenges in different and various tasks.
The potential of AI in diagnostics is that it enables clinicians and healthcare workers to measure, analyze, assess and evaluate a vast range of diagnostic parameters faster, easier, better and more consistent; so as to predict and track down diseases with the intention of saving precious time and effort, for both healthcare provider and patients, in arriving at a correct diagnosis and treatment.” - Dr. Ronald Quiambao, Fibronostics Regional Medical Director, Southeast Asia
Take a deeper look at a few of these changes:
Diagnosis and Treatment. Digital diagnostic tools like medical algorithms are now being utilized by physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world daily to diagnose patients and provide treatment recommendations. Some algorithms are as simple as providing a calculated BMI from a patient’s height and weight, while others may be more complex and critical, like providing specific medication recommendations for psychiatric conditions.
Provides a Non-Invasive Option. With the data being digital, evaluation of a patient’s health requires a reduced need for invasive evaluation methods like biopsies or X-ray scans. This is especially beneficial for patient’s who may require continued evaluations. “The use of algorithms in digital diagnostics may have several advantages such as disease risk assessment or prediction, faster and easier monitoring process, less invasive leading to less stress and less injury to the patient,” says Dr. Ronald Quiambao.
Easier Monitoring. As mentioned above, using digital diagnostic tools in the medical field allows doctors to evaluate patients without the need for invasive methods. The fact that these tools are non-invasive also makes monitoring disease and various health conditions simpler for both the doctor and the patient.
Prevention. Digital diagnostic tools provide early detection of disease and provide insight into the possible risks of developing disease based on the data that is analyzed. A recent study on a series of machine learning algorithms showed that these algorithms were able to predict and diagnose diseases, from cardiovascular illnesses to cancer, with “extraordinary accuracy.”
Provide Cost Savings. The digital age of diagnostic tools in healthcare is allowing patients and providers to save money on repeated evaluations like X-ray exams and biopsies by providing results from diagnostic data that was gathered through non-invasive methods. According to Kalorama Information, in recent years, healthcare providers spent $18.4 billion on point-of-care diagnostic testing services but digital diagnostic tools are giving providers the opportunity to reduce that cost.
Technology is continuing to evolve in the Healthcare Industry and digital diagnostic tools are breaking barriers that previously limited doctors and patients.
At Fibronostics, our passion for non-invasive digital diagnostics drives us towards creating solutions that allow you to monitor risk and detect disease, with the goal of eventually forgoing the traditional biopsies and scans currently common practice.
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