5 May 2021
Technology is changing the way we live, with smart consumer services reaching further into our lives and connecting with the interface of our physical world. The digitisation of our daily experiences is a trend that had commenced prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the environment of the past 18 months has further accelerated the adoption of these technologies, as global populations have been required to work, study, and conduct many daily activities from home.
The accelerated shift to a digital society has altered essential relationships in our communities, including the way we seek medical advice and assistance. Historically, some medical professionals have expressed concerns that technology may impede their ability to make independent diagnoses and change their relationships with patients. However, changes brought about by the pandemic have provided an opportunity for the sector to close the digital gap, become truly mobile and optimise big data. For an industry built on the desire for good patient outcomes, the COVID-19 pandemic has required practitioners to embrace technologies that ensure their services can still be delivered successfully, without the need to see their patient in person.
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