Software’s Influence on the Healthcare Industry: A Transformative Era

  Mar 18, 2024

Technology has permeated all facets of our lives. Its introduction into lives has come at such a fast pace that we seemingly don’t have a chance to pause.

“We are stuck with technology when what we want is just stuff that works”, says Douglas Adams (Author).

Decades ago, a fear began to grow and spread i.e. technological advancements would replace workers which eventually led to a sharp rise in unemployment. 

Over time, these fears and concerns have diminished somewhat in recent times. Ever since people have become comfortable with the tools.

Software is one of the leading tools that can be easily integrated into any industry. Today, we’ll be discussing software’s influence on the healthcare industry. 

Electronic Health Records (EHRs): The Backbone of Digital Healthcare

Trends relating to patients taking a more active role in their health gave rise to the emergence of EHRs. You must agree on the fact that handwritten documents are subject to errors, be it concerning entry and readability. 

Cloud-based EHRs make it simpler to reduce these occurrences and deliver treatment remotely. They may be scaled up or down with ease.

Do You Know?:
The global electronic medical records market size has grown from $34.81 billion in 2023 to $36.44 billion by 2024. 
Further, it is expected to reach $46.96 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 6.5%.

Nowadays, you can expect to see a more codified use of terminologies when physicians and  hospital administrators are made to adapt to practice management software systems.

Implementing them means reduced errors, reduction in storage space, less time required to enter and retrieve patient information, safeguarding patient data from cyber threats (like data breaches and ransomware attacks), etc. 

Telemedicine: Bridging Geographic Gaps

Benefits of Telemedicine

Increased adoption of telehealth and telemedicine solutions is the area of healthcare software development. In this area, technology is applied to the provision of online medical services and consultations.

Let’s see some examples of how telemedicine is altering the healthcare industry:

  1. Availability: Being in urban or rural geographical locations, region is no longer a barrier on your way to gaining medical knowledge, specialists, and consultations.
  1.  Prompt Care: The platform gets updated oftentimes. So, Timely interventions and follow-up care are now accessible. 
  1. Practicality: With telemedicine solutions, patients can avoid time-consuming excursions of visiting healthcare institutions. Instead, they may plan virtual appointments.

The emergence of the COVID-19 Pandemic underscored its value, maintaining a continuity of care and minimizing the risk of infection.

Big Data and Analytics: Driving Personalized Medicine  

The healthcare industry incorporates huge data. To maintain a huge database, software remains a key. Hence, such a data pool can be mined for insights with analytics tools.

How do they help? Analytic tools assist in boosting decision-making, decreasing expenses, and enhancing patient outcomes.

Even healthcare institutions can plan and react proactively using predictive analytics models.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: The Frontiers of Innovation

AI and ML refer to machine-driven simulations of human intelligence. The trend of using AI and ML applications (ranging from diagnostic imaging to drug discovery) to enable automation is reaching new heights. 

Global Artificial intelligence in healthcare market

As per the market report, by 2032, the global Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare market size is expected to reach USD 280.77 billion. The growth is estimated at a CAGR of 30.6%.

Let’s understand with an example:

By evaluating medical history data and digital imaging (like MRI scans and CT scans), machine learning algorithms can identify subtle anomalies that may form indicators for diseases. To decision-making support, AI-powered solutions can help providers deliver better care.

In drug development, ML accelerates the identification of therapeutic compounds, shortening the time and reducing the costs of bringing new medicines to market. 

Wearable Technology and Remote Monitoring: Empowering Patients

Illustration of a remote health monitoring system based on wearable devices

The healthcare industry is always interested in new developments. Similarly, recent innovations in technology have found their way into doctor’s toolkits. The latest examples are wearable remote patient monitoring devices. 

Wearable devices combined with healthcare softwares allow users to monitor their health outside the clinical settings. 

Fast Fact:
According to the latest survey, 93% of physicians stated that digital tools are an advantage in patient care.

Traditionally, monitoring devices were restricted to a clinical environment only. That started to change as electronics got smaller, lightweight, and affordable. 

For example, diabetic patients and someone struggling with heart disease can use wearable technology in the form of smartwatches (for example) to monitor their health more actively. 

Interoperability Challenges and Data Security

Healthcare interoperability and data exchange are decisive. Still, no software doesn’t come with challenges. In this context, interoperability between different software systems hinders its seamless operations. 

What else? Digitalization of data raises concerns regarding privacy and security. To overcome them, encryption, secure data storage solutions, and stringent regulatory compliance is mandatory. 

One such example is NovoPath. They have been working on it and made strides in overcoming interoperability concerns.

The Road Ahead: Continuous Innovation and Ethical Considerations

Concerns about newer digital technologies becoming a new source of inaccuracy. The legal and ethical issues include privacy and surveillance. Also, it includes the chances of bias or discrimination and philosophical challenges.

Considering this, new software solutions must balance out advancements with ethical considerations and make sure to meet with regulatory compliances. 

This is noteworthy because mistakes in the procedure or protocol can dramatically impact the patient who is the victim of the error. 


The healthcare industry has traveled a long way from the 1920s when patient information was being collected manually to the 1970s when that information shifted to an electronic format.

Software is an indispensable tool in modern healthcare, simply to increase productivity, improve patient care, cut costs, and promote innovation.

With newer approaches to treating patients, medical services and patient care are getting more accessible while ensuring higher quality. 

If you own a healthcare institution, you are open to unleashing all these potentials.