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2024 health technology trends – Computerworld



The increasingly less conservative healthcare industry has experienced huge technological changes in the past decade, and we can expect even more in the coming year. Let’s see what difficulties and development we can expect from the year 2024.

Generative artificial intelligence and large language models (LLM) are perhaps one of the most important sectors that have made huge strides. It has overcome many pitfalls and difficulties, but it will still have to face the unanswered questions and challenges that have arisen in the coming years. The fall of unicorns (enterprises with a corporate value exceeding one billion dollars) and the fluctuating stock market have caused many problems for healthcare. Generative AI has almost imperceptibly become part of the technology we use today, we practically don’t even notice automatic additions in a browser, language assistants, but they are integrated into our daily routine, we can practically experience on our skin what we thought of as sci-fi.

Apart from LLMs, the most potential tools that can be integrated into healthcare are Large Medical Models (LMMs), but their safety is questionable. Currently, there is no regulatory body that oversees the implementation of artificial intelligence like the FDA, FCC, or FTC, which poses challenges to the legal use of these powerful tools in an industry where privacy and personal data is extremely important. Where reviews are present, they do not provide adequate protection for patients and consumers. According to the experts, the rapid development that AI shows makes regulation impossible, thus preventing its rational implementation into the routines of healthcare. In the past, we have seen disruptions in the sector brought about by new digital tools.

It is guaranteed that the further expansion of MI will continue in 2024. The optimists see the participation of AI in predictive clinical models as the next step, while the realists think not in clinical use, but rather in documentation and digitization of training areas. However, the representatives of both camps are also affected by the financial side of digitization, which nowadays faces many difficulties – against these, company mergers have become the survival strategy of healthcare providers. Mergers of companies are associated with the expansion of their role and entry into the arena of health care. The next step for this is the involvement of venture capitalists who contribute to the creation of large, fully integrated health systems. The established giant companies have to rethink their digitization strategy and blaze their own path in this unknown area, where some mammoth companies have already started doing the same.

AI captures everyone’s attention, but regardless of this, the financial and structural challenges are still waiting to be solved, languishing in the background. Healthcare is the largest sector of the economy, which is significantly service-oriented. Because of this, he cannot escape the concern that people feel about him. In contrast to the development curve of Big Tech companies, this is a slower path, because in this sector, politics and the fluctuating performance of the economy also play a large role in terms of financial issues. In the coming year, the focus is likely to be on cost efficiency and return on investment as the industry reduces the number of suppliers. Value-based care remains a topic of debate as providers try to optimize their financial models. If the reimbursement structures do not change dramatically next year, the feasibility of the improvements will remain in question.

Although AI was in the spotlight in 2023, virtual reality (VR) was also booming in the field of healthcare digitalization. Meta released the Oculus III, which is much more accessible to users, and Apple also introduced the Apple Vision Pro, which is a higher priced VR device. The two giants mentioned above are actively campaigning for the health use of their products. They have a large number of existing users and established infrastructure, which makes them potential players in the development of digitized medical training, especially in the field of clinical and operational care. VR technology is still in its infancy medically and faces the same challenges as artificial intelligence, but it could still be a huge star in 2024. The big questions of next year are therefore the answers to the material questions of innovations, the alignment of the infrastructure, and the establishment of data security. But it is more than likely that the fulfillment of these tasks will extend beyond the coming year.

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