Nearly 90% of healthcare orgs are experimenting with emerging tech: AI, VR, blockchain

Emerging technologies such as blockchain's distributed ledger technology, artificial intelligence, extended reality and quantum computing have been incorporated into a majority of healthcare organizations, according to Accenture's latest Digital Health Tech Vision report.

The report surveyed 221 healthcare executives from the U.S. and Canada. Of those, 89 percent reported experimenting with one or more of these "DARQ" technologies.

AI will have the greatest effect on healthcare organizations within the next three years, according to 41 percent of those surveyed. That said, virtual, augmented and assisted reality technology has so far had the highest adoption rate of all DARQ technologies across healthcare organizations, with 38 percent of respondents reporting having implemented extended reality into one or more business units.

Overall, a total of 94 percent of the respondents attributed an accelerated pace of innovation in their organizations to these technologies. Looking ahead, 68 percent believe the combination of all four DARQ systems will have a "transformative" or "extensive" impact on their organizations in the next three years.

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