A promising tool for the future, Digital Health Tech, is gaining traction. But, some are making it look like the one-stop solution for all ills. But, it might end up disappointing many. For, it is not really a silver bullet but a tool in the whole armory.
It is pertinent to note here that governments are focusing quite keenly on technology in healthcare. Earlier this year, when prevention green paper hit the stands, there was talk of genetic sequencing, machine learning. There was also mention of artificial intelligence, which seems quite a thing in this day and age. Not to day, it quite ambitious to talk of it in the first place.
This is particularly the case as per Advancing our Health: Prevention in the 2020s. It says, as we enter an age of ‘proactive, predictive and personalized prevention’, we would require a more intimate knowledge of specific cases, tailor-fit to requirements.
And, the outlook looks promising. As, it said, Genomics and AI can create this dream into a reality. As now, NHS can be part of even a fetus.
What Changes with AI and Machine Learning into the Picture?
Data would be generated and it would complement data that is available with NHS. Together it will allow for intelligent solutions to touch live across. And, this data can be generated in a number of ways.
For instance, smart watches and smart phones hold the potential of transforming the landscape for professionals. Besides, this will aid people to be in possession of their health related facts or data or other important information. But this is not all. It will help healthcare professionals come up with better and more personalized interventions.
Panacea – Yay or Nay?
Not only is the digital adoption praiseworthy but quite feasible in a number of ways. But, handling major public health issue like diabetes and obesity is another ball game. Because, to be honest, it needs more than personalization and technology. As long as there are tensions in healthcare that are lurking deep, technology is an adjunct, not substitute to expertise.