Management and prevention of cardiovascular diseases involves a commitment to physical activity, diet, heart health, medication adherence, and self-monitoring. Keeping all the activities at check is a daunting task and requires a great deal of adherence to a healthy routine. These daily activities generally go unmeasured. However, the emergence and rapid growth of technologies like artificial intelligence, digital health technology, mobile devices, and wearables has made incessant health monitoring a possibility and a reality for many patients. The imminent future of cardiovascular care is on the verge of being transformed by these advances, and these are proving as a means to prevent and treat heart disease.
It is just yesterday that the medical community started embracing the reality that most ‘healthcare’ takes place outside the hospital and clinic. These are the daily activities and clinical events that occur on the days when people are not seen by a clinician. Digital advances like wearable heart monitors, smartphone apps, IOT, and artificial intelligence will reshape the standard of care in the coming years. These will enable patients and clinicians to leverage these technologies for preemptive healthcare and will renovate cardiovascular prevention and disease management.
The use of digital devices and wearable will increase the amount of healthcare data available to cardiologists and the cardiovascular care team will continue to grow more sophisticated. Healthcare is becoming more personalized and physicians are often asked for more rapid and personalized interpretations of data to their patients.
The one stop solution for providing more personalized care is implementing Artificial Intelligence. It has clear prospect to enhance every stage of patient care; from research and discovery, to diagnosis, to the selection of therapy. A key step to integrating AI into cardiology is to align available data and technologies with clinical and business usage. At present, it is only being used with specialized training, but in the future, this technology will be increasingly ease healthcare and make it widely available.
Technology may eventually be incorporated into day-to-day practice by interacting with electronic health records and billing.