The Digital Transformation of the Healthcare Industry
Today in the era of global computing, IT digital technologies have enabled a third evolutionary wave in the healthcare industry. With continued advances in medical devices along with imaging technologies, the sector of medicine is definitely high tech. However, the digital transformation in the Healthcare Industry is not as advanced as that in the entertainment and other industries. This is due to the fact that the healthcare system is complex and has the culture and structures which take time to absorb innovations. Also, even a small misjudgment can turn out to be a life-or-death state.
According to sources, digital health funding reached $5.8 billion catalyzing its transformation. This transformation has been aided by technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and even Unified Communications. Backed by technologies developed by intuitive and networked systems, the digitization taking place in the healthcare sector are emerging with a sense of proximity as well as exclusive touches to increase patient engagement are being demanded.
One may ask, why is digitization at all required in the field of healthcare? The sole purpose of incorporating digital technologies in the healthcare sector is to provide swiftness that will build up and polish the functional processes, and facilitate efficient patient engagement processes at minimal costs. The digital services incorporated are electronic medical records, electronic health records and enterprise resource planning systems.
The growing necessity of incorporation of EHR in the Healthcare Industry
More than a luxury, gradually Electronic Health Records (EHR) have become a necessity in the healthcare industry. Several hospitals and healthcare centres collect, organize, and preserve the user database through the implementation of EHR. Slowly and steadily with the continued usage, EHR has become the backbone of healthcare organizations. It is not a new technology now, developers can easily design and create exclusive Electronic Health Record systems which can easily be accessed via smartphones, tablets, wearables, and basic desktops. Aiding to efficient patient engagement programs, EHR has bought in a new wave of data exchange.
Preceding technologies like HL7 messages and APIs haven’t performed as smoothly as EHR does. Its developers have gone to the extent of creating their own open APIs and app stores for future developers. This serves as a solution to the healthcare’s interoperability problem. However, this fast healthcare interoperability resource is also a work in progress but the access points here are easier to get.
Recently, a healthcare centre installed the EHR system and their feedback has come as no surprise. They claimed the integration of EHR is not synonymous with messages, it’s more like a continuing process. And in this process then there are message types, integration engines, and web services. To reach the absolute end of the integration of EHR, an institution has to essentially combine messages with programmed logic, and bring along security, and project management skills.
Taking the example of the Apple’s HealthKit, one would be made to understand as to how EHR integration has facilitated digital transformation in the Healthcare sector. The HealthKit has made it it’s focus to incorporate the health and fitness data into an EHR and not out of it. That is where the necessity of integrating EHR systems is depicted, where there is a binary flow of data both to and from digital health applications and legacy systems.
Overall, developers have expressed that the establishment of newer technologies and data records over the next few years have the potential to heal the problems of integration and interoperability.
Andromeda OS Powering a laptop launched by Google
What is Andromeda?
Google is quite similar to the snake game which was available in the initial models of Nokia series, in which the snake grabs several points to extend its length. Presenting the generation with lots of technical surprises, Google has been the dependency of every age group around the world. Recently, Google has been planning to launch a new Operating System called Andromeda which is supposedly the blend of Chrome and Android. This new experimental OS will be appearing in the Pixel 3 Laptop which is scheduled to be launched in 2017.
According to recent reports, Google is doing some serious work with the hardware development and has plans to make two new Android smartphones: a 4K Chromecast and a home WiFi router dubbed Google WiFi. Google had previously indicated its plans to merge Chrome and Android to provide its users a unified and profound OS experience and they have named the project as ‘Andromeda’. This brand new project was the probably the brainchild of Google CEO Sundar Pichai who has been revealing about his efforts to bring the features of Android into the base of Chrome since the beginning of his tenure. Google is testing the features of Andromeda into an ultra thin laptop which is internally known as Bison, soon to be renamed as Pixel 3 after all credentials have been checked and verified.
Resources have revealed that Bison is an extremely thin and convertible laptop which resembles a few of features with Lenovo’s Yoga series. The device has a 12.3- inch display and will be powered by Intel’s Core m series processor. With a probable storage of 32GB or 128GB, it may have variants of sizes 8GB or 16GB RAM. The Wall Street Journal has stated earlier about the upcoming code-project Andromeda, also stating that Engineers at the Mountain View and many CA based companies have tried a lot to develop their ideas into this wonderful project. The whole idea of Pixel 3 is to showcase the newly developed product Andromeda against their rivals like Windows PCs and Mac-OS machines.
Is Android dead forever?
Android Police mentioned that Google is busy pitching Andromeda as an exclusive experience which will add weight to their fame against their prominent rivals. Google has not yet announced any news about the launch of Chromebook Pixel which was supposed to appear to the world by 2016.So the main focus remains on selling Andromeda along with the launch of new Pixel phones by 2017.
Is Andromeda different from Google Fuchsia OS?
Rumors revealed about the development of another OS called Fuchsia which was believed to be alike Andromeda or even with the purpose of powering Internet of Things. Fuchsia is an evolving pile of Code which can be searched and well answered in Gift-hub. It represents the probable early features of a new operating system which is yet to be confirmed.
When will be Andromeda available?
Although Andromeda is going through a lot of tests and verification, the company has revealed the fact that the customer may expect Andromeda by the end of 2017.
With this new Operating system, Google is expected to create wonders and present us again with something which is completely an out-of the box idea. The innovation is going to be the talk of the town as always with thousands of amazing feedback.