The world would have suffered a lot more during the pandemic if we did not have seamless healthcare technologies in place. Period. From enabling virtual visits and delivering medicines at doorsteps to delivering breakthrough discoveries in treating Covid-19 through vaccines and medications, healthcare technology was at its finest last year.
Going forward, we would continue to witness the ripple effects of healthcare technology in 2021. The pandemic rattled healthcare, giving rise to sudden disruptors in the spectrum. In this post, we will explore such disruptive technologies and trends in healthcare that will be nothing less than a norm in the coming months and years.
So, if you’re a healthcare professional, a tech entrepreneur, or someone looking to venture into health tech, here are the areas or aspects you need to focus on this year.
This is not a trend but a rage currently. With people still hesitant to step out for fear of contracting the viral disease, what is immensely helping patients is on-demand healthcare. With the help of apps, websites, and aggregators, patients from any part of the world can consult with experts and specialists for their ailments. On-demand healthcare allows patients to get consultations, schedule visits to diagnostic centers, retrieve reports, process insurance claims, and do more. Healthcare practitioners have found that utilizing a tool that allows their patients to schedule appointments online has helped them gain ease of access.
The market value of telemedicine was just $41.63bn in 2019. Last year, it was $79.79bn and was further expected to increase to $396.76bn in the next six years. Such is the scope of this health tech trend. With telemedicine, ailments can be diagnosed and treated by professionals from across the world. This is done with video conferencing tools, digitized medical records, artificial intelligence, advanced imaging, and more. This will only be a benchmark going forward.
Devices and gadgets with integrated healthcare modules will continue to surge in market penetration and adoption in the coming months. We are talking about devices like Fitbit, smartwatches from the likes of Apple, and more to keep track of users’ vitals, health patterns, diet, hydration levels, and more to ensure their physical and emotional health conditions are intact. For the uninitiated, there have been cases where smartwatches have predicted cardiac arrests in patients and saved them just in time.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being increasingly deployed in healthcare to deliver better services. With AI, physicians can detect patterns in DNA structures, study hereditary diseases, research oncology better, detect tumors invisible on reports, predict the onset of non-reversible diseases, and more. AI is also being implemented at operational levels such as hospital management, countering pandemics through mask detectors, CT scan analysis, thermal screening, vaccine synthesis, and more.
As we generate more volumes of data daily, we would collectively need massive storage and processing facilities. For huge organizations like hospitals and diagnostic centers, deploying in-house servers would not only be expensive but tedious as well.
That’s where cloud computing would enter health tech and allow hospitals and clinics to store their data on the cloud and make way for data interoperability. Cloud computing also makes Big Data, analytics, and AI implementations seamless. If we are talking about concepts like telemedicine, on-demand healthcare, and others becoming mainstream, we cannot overlook cloud computing in the ecosystem. As per the recent trend, app development companies in the Dallas region have observed a surge in local healthcare providers’ requirements on migrating their on-premise data to the cloud.
Immensely implemented in the retail sector, these two technologies are finding their long-overdue spaces in the healthcare spectrum. Virtual reality is being used to train surgeons by putting them in real-life operation procedures scenarios, live-stream and attend surgeries virtually, offer advanced therapies for mental health such as PTSD, and more.
On the other hand, augmented reality is being used to deliver healthcare information to patients in hospitals and clinics through immersive insights on procedures, processes, educational content on tackling their ailments, and more. For instance, a dentist could use augmented reality to explain the root canal procedure to their patients waiting for their turns and give them tips on maintaining better oral health.
Blockchain is anticipated to be the backbone of most industries in the coming few years, and healthcare is no exception. With its insane tamper-proof capabilities and decentralized modus operandi, blockchain allows transparency, credibility, and integrity all at the same time. With confidential details of patients involved, electronic health records can be powered by blockchain technology to make them more secure yet accessible. It also paves the way for interoperability among stakeholders. Doing so will also ensure compliance with HIPAA, GDPR, and other regulatory bodies and their protocols.
A hospital or a clinic will deliver optimum healthcare services if everything is airtight at the backend. By backend, we mean staff morale, pay, welfare, availability of adequate staff, supply-chain of inventories, medications, and equipment, and more.
In a hospital, there are tons of redundant tasks staff do daily that take away their valuable time off delivering adequate healthcare and patient services. All these can be tackled with advanced hospital management systems and Big Data. Going forward, hospitals and clinics of all sizes will deploy mobility through enterprise applications and modules that will connect teams, resources, and goals in better ways.
Nanotechnology is anticipated to explode and disrupt healthcare in the coming months. For those unaware, the nanotech market was already valued at around $219mn in 2020. This is anticipated to double to about $461mn at a CAGR of 11.9% in the next six years. Nanotech is being increasingly tested to treat infections, CNS and cardiovascular concerns, cancer, and more.
With nanotech, we can better detect diseases and offer precise treatments and medications. It is also being studied for the minimization of the effect of chemotherapy. Nanotech promises us a better future with its diagnosis and treatment aspects of lethal diseases.
So, these were the healthcare technology trends to look for in 2021. While some of them are rapidly gaining ground, a few have already become mainstream. Let’s just wait to see if we have any surprises in the coming months regarding the unusual implementation of existing technologies for different use cases. Until then, we have all these tech concepts to take care of our health. Meanwhile, if you have any disruptive healthcare tech idea in mind and are looking to get it developed, get in touch with us.
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