Over the last decade, the number of enrolments in IT degrees at university level has dropped, yet the demand for coding and digital literacy is huge. How does this work? Well, it seems more and more students are pursuing a qualification, whether in finance, business, media or teaching, and complementing it with tech subjects. In some cases, they may do some self-teaching outside of the classroom, learning from tutorials and short courses online.
Healthcare is one field of study where an aptitude for IT could prove extremely beneficial. With some exciting innovations and technological advances in a health sector predicted to boom in the next decade, there is a great opportunity to combine two unique skillsets and become a multi-talented, highly sought-after member of the future workforce.
One company at the cutting edge of where health and tech intersect is DOSEME, the world’s first precision dosing tool designed for clinical practice. Software that determines optimal drug dosages by creating a virtual patient from various sources of information, DOSEME is ground-breaking and has a host of benefits, ranging from boosting childhood leukaemia survival rates and halving side effects of chemotherapy to cutting hospital stay time and patient costs.
This isn’t the only example of a tech-driven spin on healthcare, with human augmentation, virtual reality and 3D-printed casts all capable of disrupting the industry as we know it. While the influx of new technology in an established sector can often cause fear of automation, the reality is that the demand for workers in health is strong and is more likely to diversify roles rather than eliminate them.
As the refinement of medical technology continues, health practitioners will need to have their finger on the pulse to take full advantage of career opportunities that combine the two sectors. In this instance, a double degree based around health and tech might be the ideal qualification going forward.
DOSEME are presenting at the Brisbane ACS Seminar and will provide further insight into an exciting period for health, so feel free to get along and ask any questions you have.
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