Healthcare technology moves quickly and new trends are upon us all the time. However, it can be very hard to regulate the industry, therefore, we’re never quite sure what amazing change will come next, and when.
What we do know is that the way healthcare professionals interact and treat patients is changing, whether that’s to make care better, increase the patient database, or even to make their services more profitable.
After all, the healthcare industry has to move and keep up with the times the same as any other.
New startups are appearing all the time trying to appeal to a younger crowd with new technology, so it’s important that every business keeps up to stay above water.
And despite some uncertainty in when certain trends will start to arrive, the list below has all either rocked or are expected to rock the healthcare industry in 2019.
Think modern, snappy ways to catch the eyes of a modern audience that will completely change the way patient consultations are held and aftercare is carried out.
Here are the Most Innovative Technology Trends in Healthcare
Voice Search technology
Amazon made big news in May for developing an emotion-sensing wearable device. The watch is currently being developed by the Alexa team, which is using voice recognition to create a product that will detect the emotional state of the wearer.
Alexa is also looking into allowing caregivers the ability to keep track of the glucose levels of their loved ones through its health and wellness team that is set to take the industry by storm.
Voice is set to make huge changes in the way we see healthcare that will be much more tailored towards customers and their needs.
Studies have shown that voice technology can help with picking up the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, so there’s no reason why the technology shouldn’t be explored to help with other issues.
By 2020, 50% of all searches will happen by voice, with 30% of those done without a screen. There’s no wonder the healthcare industry wants to jump onto the bandwagon quickly.
To put it into simple terms, blockchain is an immutable, public digital ledger that is very similar to a highly powerful database.
Virtual records are kept of every patient’s data cryptically replicated over and over again on a network of thousands of computers. It was developed to be a secure open ledger to record digital transactions, managed by a peer-to-peer network.
Blockchain is hoped to completely transform the way the health industry keeps records as it takes away the middle man and allows for secure data transfers between devices and providers.
HIPAA reported that there was at least one data breach of healthcare records every day in 2018, and more than 59% of the US population had their healthcare records compromised from data breaches between 2009 and 2018.
Steady AI progress
There’s no doubt that the healthcare industry has the appetite for AI, it simply needs to be put into action properly in a way that professionals can trust. According to a survey by Optum, 75 percent of health organizations are planning to execute an AI strategy.
Chatbots are expected to be on their way very quickly, enabling patients to access human-like care via software-enabled robots at the touch of a button.
This will take the pressure off already overworked healthcare professionals, help with the organization of patients, manage prescriptions and help in emergency situations.
Chatbots are already at a point where they are advanced enough to collect routine information from a patient and send it onto healthcare staff, so this technology could easily be integrated into other areas.
More organizations are set to leverage the technology as the months go on, so it’s important that healthcare takes the right AI steps now.
We are all aware of just how much healthcare costs the consumer. This is why so many organizations are now taking a look at how they can become more affordable and keep expenses low by taking matters into their own hands.
We’re now seeing many employers underwiring their employees’ health costs by contracting with healthcare providers directly and plying employees with things such as wellness screenings.
Digital health businesses are starting to introduce new models to build around a much more virtual care process, focusing on AI which can be enabled on smartphones.
This seems to be very popular with the now much busier younger generation who enjoy the convenience.
As the attention span of consumers gets shorter and shorter, the need for short, snappy video marketing has grown ten-fold.
This is because this super modern way of sharing content with others can now be plastered all over social media as a cost-effective way for healthcare professionals to get their names out there.
By making businesses seem more human, the healthcare industry is transforming its customer service and the way patients feel as they walk into a consultation.
Video means potential clients will already feel like they know the business before walking through the door, as they will already have a good idea of the work going on and know exactly what they are after.
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