Some of the Key Trends in the Healthcare Industry include:
- Cloud computing and Data storage
- Artificial Intelligence
- Machine learning
- Internet of Things
- Patient Monitoring Devices
- Non-Invasive Surgeries
- Increased Demand for Skilled Healthcare Workers
In the last decade, the healthcare industry has seen drastic changes and shifts in the direction of more integration of technology into healthcare both for medical and administrative purposes. These integrations form a big part of the Key Trends in the Healthcare Industry.
Telemedicine has actually been around for quite some time. Telemedicine can be dated as far back as the 70s. However, in the last decade, telemedicine has exploded in popularity as technology becomes more infused with healthcare thus creating more options and making it more affordable and as mor physicians and healthcare organizations become more open to adopting new technology. As at 2015, there were up to one million healthcare patients who were receiving care through telemedicine. These individuals are referred to as telehealth patients. Telemedicine will continue to see a rise as it remains a key trends because of its many advantages.
Telemedicine provides the opportunity for patients in remote locations to receive care. Many patients cannot afford to fly to different states or cities or even to a different country to receive the care from professional doctors that they need. With telemedicine, this becomes less of a problem. In addition, delivering care becomes less expensive as the cost of transportation and accommodation for doctors providing care to people in different cities becomes completely done away with.
They can attend to patients in different locations remotely and do not have to worry about traveling all over the world. It also provides convenience to patients who have the technology at home and they can get attended to for small illnesses and symptoms remotely and they don’t need to visit the hospital or see a medical professional face to face.
Artificial intelligence is a key trend in the healthcare industry but it’s also a key trend in the technology industry and many other industries as well. Humankind is just beginning to unlock the potentials of artificial intelligence and its many applications. In healthcare, artificial intelligence can be applied in a variety of ways from helping with fast and accurate diagnosis, to making healthcare data storage systems more efficient, to improving patient and doctor engagement to even more advanced processes like helping with 3d imaging and minimally invasive surgeries.
Artificial intelligence can be used to reduce waiting times for test results, it can be used to speed up drug testing and clinical trials, and a host of other things. As machine learning gets more advanced, new possibilities hitherto unheard of will start to emerge. Thus, artificial intelligence is going to remain a key trend in healthcare for a long time.
Wearable Devices and Internet of Things (IoT)
Wearable devices and the internet of things (IoT) has been a major part of the digital transformation in the healthcare industry. This is not a new trend as wearables have been around for a while. They are however seeing increased usage and their usability continues to expand and spread thus making them an increasingly integral and vital part of healthcare.
Data is the future and wearable devices provide the healthcare industry with real-time and useful data that can be applied to so many things. The data gotten from wearable devices and internet of things technologies can be sued to provide preventive care, real-time diagnosis, increased efficiency in population and public health management and much more.
Internet of things can be used to prevent and promptly stop wide epidemics or health scares all around the world. This is one of the main features of the digital transformation and technology trends that are overtaking the healthcare industry.
Increased Demand for Skilled Healthcare Workers
As time goes on, the average skill level of healthcare workers will continue to rise as there will be a higher demand for skilled healthcare workers. This means that just the normal and conventional training won’t cut it in the field. Healthcare workers will have to get new and advanced training to catch up with the evolving industry.
They will have to be more technologically savvy in order to apply the new technologies that are being used in healthcare. Leading and cutting edge technology already plays a big role in the healthcare industry in different forms. Thus man mundane task can now be automated leaving the demand for skilled nurses to be higher in the areas of patient care and engagement.
As the increased demand for healthcare professionals particularly nurses continue to rise, there would have to be an increase in supply to match the demand. This is not necessarily the case as finding the best nursing talent has become a competitive endeavor among healthcare organizations. The government has tried to pass bills to help with the distribution and redistribution of nurses but it was met with great resistance and was shot down.
This is because a bill like that might leave some communities with an insufficient supply of nurses. For example, the ratio of nurses in smaller communities and metropolitan areas. Healthcare organizations will have to find innovative ways to attract the best nursing talent. As the demand continues to rise, the pay of nurses continues to rise to make it be viewed as a very lucrative profession. However, the long hours and intense working environment tend to deter people from going into nursing.