Cybersecurity, AI top technologies for healthcare firms


Cybersecurity, Big Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are among the top technologies employed by healthcare and life sciences firms across the world, a report by global software major Infosys said on Monday.

“Cybersecurity (77 percent), Big Data analytics (72 percent) and AI (59 percent) are the three digital technologies most utilised by healthcare firms currently,” Infosys said in its report titled “Digital Outlook for Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry”.

 The survey had included companies from seven countries across the world, including India, however, Infosys did not name any other countries and firms that took part in it.

The motive of the study was not just to identify the technology trends in healthcare and life sciences industries, but also to understand how technology improved their operations, Infosys said in the report.

According to the healthcare companies surveyed, investing in technologies for Big Data analytics for predicting risk and onset of health problems and remote hospital-like care delivery were some of the most reported trends for the next three years, it said.

“Going forward, Big Data will transform the way healthcare industry monitors and treats patients,” asserted the report.

Several healthcare firms are also investing in Electronic Health Records (EHR) if patients as paper-based medical files are becoming “obsolete”, it said.

According to the report, nearly 76 percent of the life sciences firms that were surveyed considered investing in cybersecurity over the next three years for protecting patient data.

A total of 112 respondents from each of the healthcare and life sciences industries took part in the survey.

“Analysts predict that by 2019, $75 billion (Rs 4.88 lakh-crore) will be spent worldwide on information technology (IT) related to the remote delivery of healthcare through video conferencing, mobile, e-mail etc,” mentioned the report.

3D-printing (three-dimensional printing), blockchain technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) were among the other technologies that could improve the healthcare industry, as assessed the report.

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