As healthcare organizations adapt to new ways of working coming out of the crisis—and as they pursue innovation—they are realizing that digital is not a differentiator. It is essential to doing business and it a building block of innovation. Maturing digital technologies, scientific advancements, and emerging DARQ technologies will help bring new ideas to fruition.
These technologies proved essential in supporting COVID-19 triage efforts. For instance, hospitals in China used AI to read CT scans of lungs, reducing the burden on hospitals and enabling earlier intervention.4 Hospitals in the United States are using AI to guide and triage individuals with COVID-19 symptoms, helping to prevent them from needing to go to a hospital for care.5
Technology is fueling scientific advancements in coming up with a vaccine and other treatment methods for COVID-19. For instance, Massachusetts General Hospital formed a joint venture with Hoth Therapeutics to speed vaccine development. They are using a technology platform to quickly generate and test "self-assembling" vaccines that use heat shock proteins to elicit an immune response to the virus.6 And AppliedVR, a therapeutic VR company, is partnering with Red One Medical to offer VR stress management programs to healthcare workers on the frontlines.7
Clearly new technologies can help save lives, but businesses need the right infrastructure to support them. Healthcare organizations must remove legacy barriers before they can explore emerging digital technologies, scientific advancements and DARQ technologies. Legacy systems hold valuable data that is trapped. Digitally decoupling unlocks data and allows legacy systems to run in parallel with new technologies as modernization initiatives roll out, steadily reducing technical debt along the way.