Digital technologies have evolved at an increased speed the last few decades and do not showcase any sign of slowing down soon. After all, multiple industries and domains are being reshaped based on new concepts such as virtual reality, Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G.
The field of medicine, in particular rehabilitation and preventive medicine, is a good example where improvements go hand in hand with technological progress. Next to improving patient outcomes, processes need to be improved and need to become more efficient to lower the stress on our social security system. Therefore, it is interesting to assess how technology could be able to take away these pains in the future.
Below, you can find three ways digital technologies and technological advancements can keep budgets under control, improve the rehabilitation process or just prevent you from needing urgent care.
1. The role of gamification, digital experiences and data in motivation
Western medicine has made some huge leaps in the past few decades. However, it has yet to discover a cure for an essential key to successful rehabilitation: motivation.
Motivation is an important factor in the success of rehabilitation. People who are highly motivated are more likely to actively participate in their rehabilitation programmes, follow their treatment plans and make progress towards their goals. By contrast, people who are not motivated are less likely to participate in rehabilitation activities, which can hinder their progress and lead to frustration or setbacks.
Gamification can play an important role in rehabilitation, as it can help engage people in their treatment and encourage them to actively participate in their rehabilitation efforts. This strategy refers to the use of game-like elements (such as points, rewards and competition) in order to make non-game activities more engaging and fun. Combining gamification with digital experiences (such as interactive apps and the Metaverse) can motivate patients to complete rehabilitation tasks and activities. Behind the platform, healthy data analytics are a powerful tool to make activities more engaging and provide comprehensive feedback on one's rehabilitation progress. For example, a therapist can use a points system to reward someone for completing their physiotherapy exercises or reaching certain milestones in their recovery.