If there is one thing that 2020 has showed us is that the health care sector is critically important. Most experts agree, however, that health care is undergoing a massive digital transformation and that many of the traditional roles in the industry will change as a result.
There will, however, always be roles to play in the health care system as patients and their families need the touch and confidence they get from other humans. One scenario has massive databases such as IBM’s Watson connected to health care practitioners such that they will direct treatment based on the statistical probabilities when given patient data.
Perhaps that patient data will be recorded by increasingly sophisticated devices but in the end humans will most likely be in the loop to interpret findings, talk to patients, and administer therapies.
Interestingly enough, there are new roles opening up in the health care field such as an audio visual technician I met when invited to observe endoscopic (keyhole) surgery being carried out using 3D imagery. The technician was wearing a sterile surgical gown, mask, and gloves and was essentially running the camera equipment and computers so that the surgeon could see what they were doing