Many things have changed in the healthcare industry over the last decade.

Take the Internet of Things (IoT), for example. How many hospitals or people used wearable devices to monitor their heartbeats, blood pressure, etc.? The technology had barely made an entry in the healthcare industry in the last decade. Although hospitals and patients used continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) to check blood sugar levels, the idea of using remote devices and tracking progress consistently almost sounded like science fiction until a few years ago.

Cut to today, almost 73% of healthcare organizations use IoT to monitor and maintain the patient’s progress. Patients have been able to give a clear picture of their progress to the doctors. The wearable technology is poised to become a $150 billion market by 2027.

Other technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Telehealth, and Robotics are equally making waves in the healthcare industry. The global medical robotics market will reach $20 billion by 2023, while McKinsey predicts that the healthcare industry will be able to save $100 billion with the help of big data and AI.

This essentially means that healthcare technology is only going to get stronger in this decade. Technology is going to revolutionize the way healthcare functions.

What does this mean for healthcare technology developers?

It means that as a technologist, this is the right time to seize the opportunity and become a part of the healthcare industry’s new growth story.

It’s time to hone your skills or learn new skills to adapt to the changing demands of the industry.

As we step into the new decade, we recommend you take these five new year resolutions and stick to them to become a better technologist.

The five new year resolutions you must take to become a better healthcare technologist

#1 – I will set SMART goals and dedicate time for it

Before you begin your journey to become a better technologist, it’s essential that you set a goal. The goal can’t be broad such as I want to become a better technologist. It has to be a SMART goal. By SMART goal, we mean it should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. This will help you to chart a clear roadmap and keep you motivated to achieve it. The second part of this exercise is to dedicate time every day or at least once a week to implement it. It is easy to set goals, but if you want to achieve it, you have to work on it consistently. So, fix time out of your schedule and dedicate it to accomplish it. Break your goals into smaller milestones and keep working on it daily until you master your skill.

#2 – I will find a mentor to guide me on my journey

Mentors are essential to help you achieve your goals. Find a person from your industry who will be willing to guide you at every step of the journey. This mentor can be a senior manager in your organization or someone whom you might have met in a conference or on LinkedIn. Your mentors will most likely be busy, so before you approach them, have clarity on how you want them to guide you and show them the roadmap you have planned to achieve your goals. This will make their job easier. You can also ask your mentors to assign specific assignments that you can do in your free time to apply your learning into practice.

#3 – I will network more with leaders and peers to get the latest insights

There are several technology conferences around the world where IT leaders across the globe come to discuss new ideas, case studies, and to unveil new technology. Find the one that is relevant to your area of specialization and attend them. Attending networking events will allow you to network with IT leaders and people from other companies. It’s a great platform to exchange ideas, best practices, and learn new developments in the field of healthcare technology.

#4 – I will leverage online resources to grow more

If attending a networking event seems impossible, then the other way to get the latest insights is through online courses. There are many courses available online that are related to technology. Review the available courses, their relevance, and validity in industry, and pick the one that has the potential to boost your career. The best part about an online course is you can do it anytime, anywhere you want. However, we would recommend that you dedicate time to it every day so you can complete your training on time. You can also attend webinars and subscribe to podcasts and YouTube channels relevant to your area of specialization to stay updated.

#5 – I will read, read, read

Healthcare and technology are ever-evolving. So, subscribe to newsletters disseminated by leading IT publications. Also, take out time to read books and blogs of leading technologists to stay updated. Social media may seem like a waste of time. But it is also a great tool to gain deep insights on trending technologies. Follow your industry leaders on social media and engage with them to build a relationship with them.

Remember, Rome was not built in a day. So, if you want to become a better technologist and grow in your career, you must invest time and money to learn new lessons and implement them in your area of work. Begin with creating a clear roadmap of how you will grow, identify a period where you can work on your goals undisturbed, and get moving. We wish you a fruitful 2020.