The healthcare industry has seen quite a number of innovations in recent year. With the rapid growth of technology, the future trends in healthcare are all technology inspired and would revolutionize the way we give and receive care and revolutionize the state of the entire population health. Let’s talk about some of the new and revolutionary trends in the healthcare industry.
Augmented Reality in Healthcare Training
Augmented reality is a new technological development that’s used in several industries but it’s been specially advanced in the way it’s used in the healthcare industry. Augmented reality is being used especially in medical training. Augmented Reality also referred to as AR, healthcare providers can see diagnoses and procedures right in front of them to learn new skills and expand their knowledge. It also facilitates the training of more than one individual at a time, on important medical procedures. Instead of doctors having to spend more time reading studies to refine their skills, the information they need can simply appear in front of them as they seamlessly treat patients.
Advanced Use of Data
Data is important and healthcare uses data just as much if not more than other industries. Data and information continue to grow and big data and cloud storage offer new and exciting opportunities for the healthcare industry. Automated data systems can comb through huge amounts of data in real time to provide the best patient experience. Healthcare data comes in many forms, from what is collected in the hospitals to what patients who are engaged in their care store up for themselves as well. Proper interpretation of this data, can lead to healthcare providers to predict actions of patients and reactions to the care they provide. It can lead to the prediction and understanding of trends in population health.
Patient Personalization / Personalised medicine
I just mentioned that individuals can track their health and record information as well. Individuals these days want to be more active in their care and take proactive measures to maintain their health and prevent illness. With the advent of more technology in the healthcare industry, doctors will be able to provide personalized care to each patient even more than already available these days. For example, instead of everyone being treated the same, clinics will be able to use data to see what doctors a patient prefers if they like being seen in person or remotely, their health history, and any potential health issues. That means that instead of having to navigate through a complicated web of healthcare representatives, a patient’s information will be easily accessible to the right treatment options, preventative care, and recommendations can be made right in time and just as the patient needs it. This leads to personalized and high-quality care being available with more ease. Personalised medicine tailored to the unique needs, genetic makeup and lifestyle of each patient will continue to be an important trend in healthcare. Moving past a one-size-fits-all approach could lead to fewer ineffective interventions and better outcomes. For instance, a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers report found that using a genetic test on breast cancer patients reduced chemotherapy use by 34%.
Using Wearable Devices In Healthcare
Wearable devices are powerful tools to keep patients involved and invested in their personal health. A lot of the future trends in healthcare center around patient involvement in their care and patient engagement. One of the major ways that patient engagement possible is with wearable health devices. These devices can track a patient’s health and state of being as well as many other things. Pedometers are quite common and they track a patient steps but they are getting more and more advanced. For example, if a monitored patient’s blood pressure spikes, the doctor can receive a notification and take action. Wearable devices are a less invasive way to still get great care.
Hospitals Using Smart Technology
With smart technology, hospitals can improve the amount of comfort and care they provide to patients. An overwhelming 94% of healthcare executives said in a recent survey that they plan to implement smart technology in their organizations. Smart technology comes in a variety of forms to increase comfort and efficiency and decrease risks. For example, Hospitals around the country have started using smart beds that self-adjust to the correct pressure and support for each patient’s preferences and condition thereby reducing the need to check on patients constantly and ultimately cutting cost and making jobs easier. Other more advanced innovations are using robots that can monitor a patient without a human provider being in the room. Smart devices and applications will continue to grow and spread throughout the healthcare field.
Another burgeoning area of healthcare is gene therapy. Gene therapy can be defined as the process which targets a missing or non-functioning gene in a patient’s DNA and adds or replaces it with a working gene that can make a needed protein. Thereafter, the affected tissues or cells that rely on that protein will be able to function normally. Ideally, the patient won’t need ongoing treatment. One major setback Gene therapy is that they can’t figure out how the added genes or gene will react with the body of the individual. A breakthrough with Gene Therapy will lead to the cure of lots of chronic diseases.