AI, quantum computing and other technologies poised to transform healthcare

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The COVID-19 pandemic created numerous challenges in the healthcare sector, but challenges can sometimes lead to innovation. Technological innovations in particular will change the way care is taken and increase efficiency in the process. Efficiency will be critical as hospitals and health systems try to recover from the first, devastating wave of the pandemic.

Ryan Hodgin, Chief Technology Officer of IBM Global Healthcare, and Kate Huey, Partner at IBM Healthcare, will be talking about some of these technological innovations in their digital HIMSS21 session, “Innovation-Driven Resilience: Redefining What Is Possible.”

The technology in question may include telemedicine, artificial intelligence, automation, blockchain, chatbots, apps and other elements that have become pillars of health care over the course of the pandemic.

Science fiction is becoming science fact, so to speak: Technologies that were once in the experimental phase are now coming to life and driving innovations, especially quantum computing. The power of quantum computing has the potential to change healthcare through its impressive computing power alone.

One of the big factors accelerating technological innovation is the healthcare workforce, which has been exposed to tremendous stress over the past 18 months as many doctors and clinicians report burnout or feelings of being overwhelmed. These technologies promise to relieve the provider.

It is also important that they engage more actively healthcare consumers, who increasingly expect healthcare to be as user-friendly and experience-driven as their favorite apps or online shopping portals.

Hodgin and Huey will be speaking more on the subject when their session kicks off on Tuesday, August 10, 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.