The top healthcare technologies for 2020 aren’t new, but they are on the cusp of moving into broader use.
In a sign of the growing maturity of some of these technologies—such as machine learning, voice recognition, and natural language processing—vendors are combining them to build solutions that solve real-world problems for providers and insurers.
That’s because the focus of digitally enabled healthcare “is less about the technologies to be used and more about doing things differently,” says John Bosco, chief technology officer at Northwell Health, a 23-hospital health system based in New Hyde Park, New York.
Here’s the list of technologies behind the transformation of business and clinical processes in 2020:
1. Voice Interfaces
Voice-to-text solutions are emerging to help physicians and other providers cut down on the amount of time they spend documenting patient care.
“The ability to use voice to automate documentation for clinicians and reduce the administrative burden and use of manual scribes is something that has been in research and development but is now being more widely deployed across the United States,” says Brian Kalis, managing director of digital health and innovation at Accenture, a consulting, technology and outsourcing firm based in based in Dublin, Ireland.
The players in the market include established voice-recognition vendors, large technology companies, and startups.
For example, Suki combines voice recognition, natural language processing, and machine learning to create a documentation solution that runs on laptops, and Android and iOS devices. The Redwood City, California-based vendor claims that its software decreases the amount of time physicians spend on a clinical note by 76%, or from 13 minutes to three minutes.
Suki also claims that it’s integrated with the following electronic health records vendors: athenahealth, Watertown, Massachusetts; Cerner, Kansas City; eClinicalWorks, Westborough, Massachusetts; and Epic, Verona, Wisconsin, according to KLAS, a research and analysis company based in Orem, Utah, and focused on health information technology.