With 2019 coming to a close, 24×7 Magazine asked four industry leaders for their thoughts on where medical technology is headed, and for the trends that they think will impact HTM in 2020 and beyond. Here’s what they had to say.
AI Will Improve Patient Care
The healthcare industry, notes George Gray, chief technology officer at North Andover, Mass.-based Ivenix, must improve medical device interoperability so that data can be made available “at the point of care” and ultimately improve the patient experience. (Ivenix created the first large-volume IV pump to be cleared under revised FDA guidelines intended to address skyrocketing injuries, pump recalls, and cyberattacks.)
“While today’s medical vendors are doing well at sending data from one system or device to another,” Gray says, most are unable “to create the necessary clinical insights and present that information at the right point in the care process so that it truly improves clinical decision-making and prevents critical errors.”
The solution, Gray predicts, will almost certainly involve artificial intelligence (AI). (According to research by CB Insights, health sector investments in AI surpassed $1.4 billion in the first six months of 2019. Another report, from Signify Research, estimates the world market for AI in medical imaging alone will hit $2 billion by 2023.) “Through the incorporation of AI and rules-based decision-support engines, medical devices will be able to provide clinical insights and allow clinicians to focus more time on the care of their patients,” Gray says.