Experts have revealed that the pandemic has proved to be a major driving force behind the worldwide adoption of virtual care and digital health today. In areas of remote monitoring, artificial intelligence, and telehealth, the industry has grown significantly. Several experts from the healthcare industry have anticipated that collaboration and communication tools are going to explode in the next year.
As the vaccinations of COVID-19 roll out, patient-matching will be the next in demand. From telehealth to analytics to coordination in COVID-19 tracing and testing, healthcare providers have switched to data sources and said goodbye to the conventional methods for patient matching. Here’s what we could expect in 2021 from the boom of technology in the healthcare industry.
1. It would be the year for Consumers:
Patients’ experience in healthcare is constantly evolving. Thanks to the advancement in technology! It’s responsible for turning around the dynamics of healthcare and restructure it. The expectation of the customers around digital and virtual healthcare is rising at a fast pace. Technology is making it easier to meet the expectation of the customers and ensures they have a better experience. Here, consumers are going to take the driver’s seat and control their own journey.
Healthcare facilities would be encouraged to make use of technology to help patients make their life easier. Machine learning orchestrated omnichannel tools of communication, and smart devices would provide a tailored experience to the patients at a very reasonable cost. Not only this creates an opportunity to become more proactive, but it also eliminates the flaws of conventional healthcare systems that gave a headache to everyone.
2. Regular flow of cash into digital health:
Since the pandemic has hit the world, the healthcare industry received an influx of private and public investments that were never known to us before. Non-digital native organizations had no option other than to quickly develop their company’s ability to deliver digital care to the patients. Such factors pushed the company’s value that was providing these services, which lead to deals like the Amwell initial public offering and Livongo/Teledoc merger.
Also, digital health facilities would become all-inclusive by focusing on more than one health problem. In sections that are concerned with women’s health, tech firms would extend an integrated approach by addressing issues of menopause and other choric related conditions.
3. 2021 would be crucial for artificial intelligence and machine learning
Al has been known to the healthcare industry for years. However, in 2021, healthcare will begin to look at the benefits of Al and machine learning in solving issues that were highly scalable. The latest technology funded by the NIH or National Institutes of Health can fix and detect several issues with the medication administration while raising revenues by millions of dollars.
Medical care providers are openly accepting the role of Al in medicine and its capability in identifying sequences which human cannot possibly measure. Healthcare experts have predicted that hospitals are only going to get smarter in the coming year. Smart cameras and smart speakers will inform and automate activities. When the technology is used in the hospitals, it helps to scale the work of the nurses, enhance the operational efficiency, and deliver patient monitoring virtually to prevent and predict adverse events from happening.
4. Shift to the cloud will accelerate
The pandemic has also lead to a rise in financial pressure, which has led several providers to re-evaluate the price of managing the IT infrastructure overhead. This has led to a sudden shift to cloud-based systems like EHR. Through cloud-based systems, the providers can access a patient’s data anywhere, which allows them to deliver better care coordination and telehealth.
Healthcare IT is the key to build a better future for ourselves. Given the current situation, people are trying to stay isolated as much as possible, and the digital health care system is making it possible. Not only does this unburdens the healthcare provider from the tedious task, but it also brings accuracy into the system. It doesn’t provide any scope for error, which is essential to ensure a better patient experience. Data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are playing a significant role in reshaping the healthcare industry.