Words by Dr. Ryan Grech and Dr. Dylan Attard, Clinical & Health Tech Advisors for MedTech World and two of the co-founders of Digital Health Malta.
For better or for worse, digital tends to accelerate this and perhaps one of the things that we don’t think about often is meeting your doctor in person. As time goes by, and the future becomes the present, we think that this might become less possible, maybe even a luxury. Why are we saying so?
There are three things that we feel are feeding this trend:
So what does this all mean?
It means that we need to get ready for a new era in healthcare. One which is still led by our healthcare workers but supported heavily by technology. We believe that this will be the only way healthcare workers can keep delivering quality care to the masses as efficiently as possible. We need to use technology to decrease bureaucratic burden and burnout.
In reality, the downside to all of this would be that there will be an increased distance between healthcare workers and their patients. But, in an ever-changing world with resources stretched to the maximum, we need to adapt to keep on receiving quality healthcare. The hardest part of this will probably not be the implementation of tech, as whilst it’s always been a bit problematic in healthcare, it is a hurdle that we believe we can get over. The trick will be the cultural transformation needed both for healthcare workers and their patients.
Whilst the physician shortage side of things may be worrying, at the end of the day, we believe that a smarter healthcare workflow globally will be the answer.
The Med-Tech World conference, which follows a successful digital event in 2020, will run from 18th-19th November 2021 and will highlight innovations and developments in digital health across the globe. With so many countries realising the potential for exponential growth, Med-Tech World will address the opportunities and challenges driving this multi-million forum – embracing the potential for technological innovation to change the face of medicine in this global sector. Register your interest here!