As anyone living in Ireland can testify, the Health sector may sometimes be slow to embrace change, but if the speakers at last month’s Dublin Tech Summit are correct, big changes are coming.
And these changes will take place right across Healthcare from hospitals where big data will make treatment more effective, all the way to the GP clinic where MedTech devices may drastically reduce the need for visits to the doctor.
Here in TEKenable we’re interested in what happens to Health because we already work with a number of Health sector clients. To take just two examples, our development team built five national systems for the Health Service Executive (HSE). We also worked for Vodafone to deliver a mobile drug prescribing app for St James’s Hospital.
So the Health module of the Tech Summit was a great ‘one-stop shop’ to hear about the latest global trends with two presenters in particular catching my attention. Both were from America, perhaps not surprising given that the United States spends almost 18% of GDP on Healthcare.
The first, Dr Samir Qamar, has founded a start-up called MedWand. It’s building a device to allow doctors examine a patient remotely rather than forcing the patient to visit their doctor.
The other presenter, Laura Craft from Gartner, shared her vision of how MedTech would totally transform Healthcare. She outlined how the Health sector might look ten years from now, using technology either available today or currently being commercialised.
But first, Dr Qamar and why he developed the MedWand.