As Atul goes on to point out, it’s not just staff shortages and efficiency that technology will help to address. He also highlights the potential for technological innovation to dramatically improve patient outcomes and the patient experience. As an example, he cites new innovations in image-guided minimally-invasive surgery that could lead to the same-day, same-room diagnosis and treatment of early-stage lung cancer, which if left untreated until it has grown and spread is one of today’s biggest killers.
“If I have to predict the future of healthcare, I am confident technology is going to make it faster. It's going to be more precise. It's going to be more personalized. It's going to be done and done first time right, and care is going to be more accessible. It's going to take place closer to you, not just in a hospital. So the future of healthcare – it’s extraordinarily exciting. These emerging technologies, things like image-guided therapy, AI, AR, robotics, automation, telehealth, are just now starting to mature and so we're going to see them unleashed over the next decade,” says Atul.
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