2022 Healthcare Technology Trends
The healthcare industry continues to make huge technological strides every day. An industry that once depended on manual record keeping and on-site equipment to get the job done has shifted to electronic data and remote capabilities. Healthcare employees now have more tools than ever before to improve patient care, and 2022 is already shaping up to look like a year of even more growth in the healthtech world. If you’re in the healthcare industry, you know how important it is to watch for emerging trends and be forward thinking. That’s why we broke down some of the top healthtech trends providers should watch for in the new year.
Data collection is everywhere—from the food we eat to the shopping habits we develop—a person’s data is collected every day, all day long. In some ways, this can be intimidating to consumers. In other ways, like in the healthcare industry, it can do a world of good. Because healthcare offices use so many different technologies, a massive amount of patient data is collected each day. This data serves a number of purposes including addressing patients’ needs on a case-by-case basis, predicting and combating potential epidemics and outbreaks, and cutting costs. Big data continues to be a huge opportunity for those in the healthcare and healthcare technology communities.
Artificial intelligence has emerged as one of the most useful tools in healthcare. One of the most common uses involves a Natural Language Processing (NLP) system, which helps analyze clinical documentation to provide insight and improve the quality of care. Artificial intelligence also lends the ability for providers to simulate a real-life training scenario for their employees so that they can participate in the training remotely. This specific field will continue to grow and provide even more opportunities for those in the healthcare industry. As you look towards 2022, make sure you’re tapping into artificial intelligence where you can.
Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote patient monitoring is a revolutionary advancement in the healthtech field. Many people face long, complex illnesses that may last years or even a lifetime. In order to properly treat and manage these illnesses, doctors need a way to remotely monitor a patient’s symptoms to treat them in the best way possible. Wearable measuring devices may consist of a few different pieces, all of which work together to measure critical health data, remind patients to take medications, and send relevant data to healthcare providers for analysis. This type of technology helps cut costs, save time, and deliver better healthcare services without meeting in person.
Telehealth emerged as an alternative to in-person appointments when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. In order to limit in person interaction, healthcare providers decided to offer patients the ability to attend their appointments remotely. Telehealth has become so successful in some healthcare fields that many providers are switching to fully remote or giving their patients the option of in person or remote. While there will always be certain appointments (surgeries, bloodwork, hands-on appointments) that can’t be conducted remotely, it’s becoming necessary to have the option when possible. We all hope the Covid-19 pandemic will wind down in 2022, but either way, it appears telehealth should be here to stay.
The tech world has made a shift to cloud-based software systems to improve accessibility and security. Gone are the days when providers relied on hard drives and paper files to store patient data. While those things still exist on some level, they aren’t the main storage model anymore. Cloud-based programs give providers on-demand storage, allowing electronic medical records and medical imaging to be stored in the cloud for easy access and proper diagnosis. Cloud-based software is also HIPAA-compliant, so providers don’t have to worry about security issues and can store their patient data with confidence.
If there’s one thing the last two years have taught us, it’s that things can change on a dime. When it comes to healthcare, we don’t have the luxury of being unprepared. Since new viruses can emerge at any moment, scientists need a plan to combat whatever comes our way. Predictive analytics allow providers to stay ahead of illnesses with the most up-to-date treatments. When it comes to individual patients, predictive analytics give providers insight into where an illness may be shifting towards. This way, doctors can adjust treatment plans to ensure they fit the patient’s trajectory.
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