Every year there are technological trends that revolutionize the healthcare industry. And each year, we see these trends becoming more and more advanced. Take for example that smartphones were one of the most revolutionizing trends in healthcare back in 2014 as well as the use of Wi-Fi. These trends are now considered tech commodities and have integrated themselves into the healthcare industry on a basis far exceeding a trend status. For now, let’s take a close look at the advanced trends that are shaping this industry as of 2018.
Big Data and Analytics
Big Data has most definitely made its presence quite big over the past decade. We are seeing more and more valuable uses of Big Data, especially when it tag teams up with analytics. And the year 2018 is expected to start taking advantage of Big Data and analytics like never before. There are numerous methods for using Big Data, with some of the most helpful leading to enhanced patient health predictions, better assessment of probable complications, and improved outcomes of recommendation. And not only is Big Data expected to improve patient outcomes, but it is also believed to help medical facilities stay in better regulatory compliance.
Wearables Are Here to Stay
Once wearables hit the shelves several years ago, there was a small percentage of consumers who hopped on the wearable bandwagon. Now, however, these technological devices are becoming even more popular, especially within the healthcare industry. Physicians are teaming up with certain wearable devices, allowing patient data to be sent directly to their offices for further evaluation.
Telemedicine Is the Next Big Thing
It was only three years ago back in 2015 that a survey concluded that 80 percent of physicians agreed that “telemedicine is a better way to manage chronic diseases than the traditional office visit.” What is so valuable about telemedicine? Well, it expands the freedom horizon on being able to stay in frequent contact with physicians without having to come into their offices; this means patients are no longer limited to healthcare options based on geographical location. Even those living in extremely remote locations can receive high-quality healthcare services. Telemedicine is expected to become even more popular during 2018.
Artificial Intelligence Is Slowly Taking Over
The Internet of Things paired with artificial intelligence are slowly taking over the healthcare industry. 2018 is a year that we are going to see massive investments made into these two forms of science within the healthcare field, including technology that can automate routine tasks and increase efficiency within healthcare offices. All in all, this is going to lead to healthcare workers being able to complete more work in a less amount of time. And while many investments are expected to be made in artificial intelligence, according to some studies, only 20 percent of those investing actually have the technology to implement these artificial intelligence technologies.
Cloud Computing is Clearing the Way
Cloud computing leads to accessibility. Patients no longer have to come into unnecessary appointments. Instead, they can hop online and view their patient data, including test results and more. In 2018, it is believed that approximately 60 percent of communications taking place between patients and their doctors will be conducted view the cloud on mobile devices. Cloud computing is not only a plus for patients, but it helps ensure instant access to patient data for physicians, meaning they no longer have to sift through endless paperwork to find a patient’s file.
The five trends listed above are revolutionizing the healthcare industry. Wonder what next will look like?