2019 was a big year in healthcare with further advancement in Telehealth, record-breaking health data breaches, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the continued movement into healthcare by Amazon and Apple. In our 2018 Healthcare IT Year in Review post, we discussed the four most significant stories of 2018. These four included Amazon in healthcare, Apple’s advancements in healthcare, the VA and Cerner, and Data Breaches. Three of these topics continued to be front and center in 2019, and we wanted to review the advancements.
2. Apple Advancements: 2018 ended with the release of WatchOS 5.1.2, which allowed Apple Watch users to be alerted to A-fib (Atrial fibrillation). In 2019, Apple continued to make advancements in healthcare with several new initiatives which included:
2020 will continue to be a year of advancement in healthcare. One area expected to see rapid growth is 5G. As more devices become 5G compatible, such as the iPhone (anticipated in September 2020), and wireless carriers continue to deploy the technology within their networks, the usage throughout healthcare will increase.
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