So, with that said, here are 5 emerging trends in healthcare:
1. Customer Focused Healthcare
Modern consumers are used to a personally tailored shopping experience and many are coming to expect some level of personalization from their healthcare providers as well. Combined with data-driven modeling, healthcare providers will be able to learn important information about patients without face-to-face interaction. This could save healthcare providers from expanding as many resources on patient intake. In a few years, it's possible that a new physician could know everything they need to know about you before you even step through the door. You already see this happening on a smaller scale with digital medical records and new technology will continue to drive this trend forward.
2. People Want Value, Not Volume
The future of healthcare dictates that there will be an increasing amount of focus placed on the outcomes of treatments, not simply the number of treatments provided. This is obviously great news for consumers, many of whom know the experience of rushed appointments and unnecessary tests all too well.
3. Inefficiencies Will Be Eliminated
Another thing you can expect from the introduction of data and large-scale analytics to healthcare is a reduction in wasteful practices. In the past, healthcare providers have attempted to contain costs by squeezing their supply chain and cutting jobs. These "dumb" methods of cost-cutting are less appealing when you have access to vast quantities of data and all of the computational horsepower you need to interpret it. If a treatment simply doesn't work on a large scale, you can quickly find out and Physicians, when faced with hard evidence, are generally less hesitant to change their methods than they have been in the past.
4. Take Your Healthcare On The Go
Consumers are now surrounded by smartphones — along with a host of other smart devices like fitness trackers, watches, and even glasses. Many routine appointments could easily be done via video call, and this is a godsend for people with busy schedules or those who live in rural areas. Smartphone apps and fitness trackers allow physicians to assign "homework" and get a more objective look at how a patient lives. This is much more efficient — and accurate — than traditional self-reporting methods.
5. Advances In Technology Lead To Better Care
As technology continues to advance it will allow physicians and surgeons to provide a higher quality of care to their patients. Robotics are already used in many operating theaters to give surgeons more precise control during sensitive procedures. Advances in genetic screening will allow physicians to more accurately diagnose illnesses and assess the risk levels of their patients.
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