The latest technology trends in healthcare – 2018

Healthcare is one of the latest industries to acknowledge the relevance of technology in every phase of its operations. Several medical institutions are placing their bids on technological innovation and the prioritization of streamlined processes through digital platforms. It is the same with 2018 and the future of utilizing technology in medicine seems to be bright.

However, there remain a few roadblocks because of the ever-changing regulations. For example, Data is available, but it has not been used strategically. The same is true for technology and innovation, as we are in the initial stages of innovation. Medical organizations could invest in new innovative technologies including wellness products with individualized metrics, solutions that move care closer to home and predictive care algorithms. To be precise, the following technology trends could dominate the healthcare industry for 2018 and at least for a decade after that.

  • Blockchain: Improved probability of accurate diagnoses, more effective treatments, and the overall increased ability of healthcare organizations to deliver cost-effective care can be achieved through better sharing of data between healthcare providers. Blockchain technology will allow various stakeholders in the healthcare value-chain to share access to their networks without compromising data security and integrity. 
  • Artificial Intelligence: This concept is no longer limited to movies. Artificial Intelligence has already made its presence noticed in a couple of industries and seems to be inclining towards healthcare in 2018. AI offers a number of advantages over traditional analytics and clinical decision-making techniques. Learning algorithms can become more precise and accurate as they interact with training data, allowing humans to gain unprecedented insights into diagnostics, care processes, treatment variability, and patient outcomes.
  • Mobilization of Healthcare Initiatives: Mobile is becoming increasingly prevalent in healthcare, and the trend only appears to be rising more in 2018. According to latestreports,95 percent of U.S. adults now own a cell phone. This presents an unprecedented opportunity for healthcare providers. Several physicians and nurses already use iPads and smart phones to aid hospital rounds, communicate and guide patients in treatment recommendations.
  • Big Data & Analytics: Big data analytics has offered a new way for healthcare organizations to develop improve efficiencies and provide accurate aid more swiftly. This approach is also helpful to provide insightful information to the healthcare enterprises regarding their management, planning and the measurements.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was aware that healthcare providers and consumers were embracing digital health technology such as fitness trackers and mobile health apps, and that clinical evidence supported the fact that consumers can experience better outcomes when they are better informed about health. As such, FDA felt it should encourage the development technologies that can help people become more informed and "foster, not inhibit, innovation." SGS Technologie aims to partner with government agencies and healthcare institutions across the U.S to deliver technological alternatives for the improvement of healthcare.