PA is quoted in an article in Jyllands-Posten about the future of hospitals and how advances in technology will have a huge impact on the healthcare sector. According to Ian, wearable technology holds great potential.
PA says: “The technology can help improve the work carried out by hospital staff. It’s about giving them access to relevant information, where and when they need it."
“Imagine a surgeon carrying out an urgent procedure on a patient who is lying in their hospital bed. The doctor needs to pay attention to, say, an open wound. Meanwhile, he also needs to keep an eye on electronic information about the patient’s pulse and blood pressure. Wearable technology ensures that the information is in his visual field, enabling the doctor to focus on the surgery.”
Additionally, wearable devices protect our health and warn us if we, for example, drink too much or exercise too little. PA compares this development with the difference between old and new cars: “Back in the day, we would ask the mechanic to take a look at our car if it had stopped working. But modern cars of today notify you if something goes wrong and will guide you to the best specialist who can help solve the problem.”
Therefore, just as cars are valuable, so is the human body. According to PA, technology will help us to protect our bodies, leading to large, long-term savings for the government in terms of fewer hospital admissions and surgeries.