Here at Psoda we’re lucky to have some great healthcare providers and district health boards (DHBs) from across New Zealand as customers. Working these organisations over the years, we have witnessed a significant increase in tech innovations which are changing the way health services are being delivered for the better.
- Here are some of our favourites:
- Big data
Big data is being used all over healthcare, from saving lives of premature babies to influencing influenza vaccine manufacturing cycles. As more data becomes available there will be more and more uses becoming apparent.
- Virtual healthcare
This year, the New Zealand’s Waikato DHB became the first public health provider in the world to offer virtual healthcare. As of June, Waikato residents have been able to have virtual appointments with consultants and other clinicians via their smartphone or computer. This technology gives rural communities, such as in the Waikato, access to top-end healthcare, without the need to travel often long distances.
Basic nanobots are already in use, for example the capsule endoscopy, but as technology matures we could someday see nanobots that target cancer or repair injuries at the cellular level being developed. Recently there has been a lot of news around retro-viruses being used to repair DNA.
- Lights used to continuously disinfect rooms
One of the biggest challenges in hospitals is keeping everything clean. Now there are light bulbs available that can kill bacteria while they illuminate rooms, making infection control much easier.
What do you think will be the next big thing in health tech?