CHAPTER 7Final Thoughts

“Learning is, by nature, curiosity.”

— Plato

The future of healthcare is at a crossroads and being shaped dramatically by a variety of significant trends. While the cost of healthcare continues to rise, the industry is facing a movement toward preventive and value-based care. At the same time, technology like wearable devices, IoT, and home services is empowering patients to be more engaged and more proactive with their own health. At the same time, the industry is struggling with the dilemma of data sharing and maintaining patient privacy and trust. These developments are affecting the role of caregivers and their relationships with their patients. One underlying constant driving toward the digital transformation in healthcare is the power of data and analytics.

Data is growing exponentially and is pervasive in every aspect of the healthcare ecosystem. Analytics is becoming more common to aid with delivering intelligence affecting our daily health, patience experience, and cost control. Technologies such as AI, 3D printing, and augmented reality (AR)/mixed reality (MR) are advancing medical research, preventive and predictive diagnosis, and ongoing care. In addition, more people are needed to support the needs of healthcare and processes are being evaluated to sustain the growth in healthcare.

In the previous chapters, we discussed a lot about technology, which is a key factor moving the healthcare industry forward. In-database processing delivers ...

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