Will tech make hospitals obsolete?

No one looks forward to going to the hospital. Whether you’re waiting hours in the emergency room or laying in bed waiting for a long-delayed test, there is nothing pleasant about spending time in your local hospital. Technology, though, may change this. CBS Atlanta recently covered a new survey showing that most people around the world feel that technology has the power to make traditional hospitals a thing of the past.

Intel study

The Intel Corporation recently ran a study on the ways in which people think technology will transform the medical field. One of the big results? They found that 57 percent of respondents said they think that technology will lessen the need for traditional hospitals. And what will replace emergency-room visits and hours spent in waiting rooms? According to the Intel survey, customized personal care delivered to us by new technology.

Mobile care

Here’s what survey respondents want to see: They’d like to rely on personalized mobile technology to assist them to treat ailments at home. They’d also like to utilize this tech to maintain their health. The goal is to avoid those costly and time-consuming hospital visits. This interest in personalized tech is so strong that 30 percent of respondents said they’d even trust themselves to perform their own ultrasounds.

Sharing information

Privacy isn’t what it once was, thanks in large part to technology. This is also reflected in the Intel survey. As reported by the CBS Atlanta story, an astonishing 84 percent of respondents said they were willing to share their personal health information if doing it would advance medical progress and reduce healthcare costs.

Posted on: 02.12.14