Will tech make hospitals obsolete?

February 11th, 2014

Will technology soon make hospitals obsolete? It sounds impossible. Yet according to a recent report from CBS Atlanta, an international study on technology and health found that a majority of people worldwide believe that traditional hospitals will be obsolete thanks to tech advances.

Intel study

The Intel Corporation conducted the study, which found that 57 percent of global respondents believe that the day of traditional hospitals is ending. So what will replace these medical centers? Customized, personal care thanks to evolving technology.


Survey respondents said that they are eager for a day in which mobile and personalized technology helps them keep track of their own health needs. Rather than spend hours in a waiting room or emergency room, patients can preferably rely on technology to cover many of their medical needs. And here's a surprising result: About 30 percent of respondents stated that they would trust themselves to do their own ultrasounds. The study also discovered that such innovative medical advances such as monitoring devices and ingestible technologies are more warmly welcomed by countries other than the United States.

Sharing information

Privacy isn't what it used to be, thanks in large part to technology. This is also reflected in the Intel survey. Based on the CBS Atlanta story, an astonishing 84 percent of respondents revealed that they were willing to share their personal health information if doing so would advance medical progress and reduce healthcare costs.