Top Healthcare Trends to Watch In 2021
The great acceleration in healthcare brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented shifts-- and in some cases long-lasting changes to healthcare delivery.
COVID-19 has now become a giant revolutionary disruptor separating the traditional care delivery models from the new next-generation managed care.
As US healthcare leaders, Doctors and caregivers lead their way to new norms and protocols in their organizations, these key trends shape their role in 2021.
Top Healthcare Trends 2021
- Virtual Care Through Telemedicine Apps
- Healthcare Insurance Using Predictive Technology
- AI-Powered Drug Discovery
- Digitally Connected Smart Hospitals
- Voice-Controlled Solutions To Simplify Clinical Workflows
- Modernized PPE Standards to Minimize Exposure to Virus
- AR and VR Integration Across The Care Spectrum
For this world in transition, healthcare leaders should get agile with these healthcare trends as they prepare for the next normal.
1. Virtual Care Through Telemedicine Apps
Telemedicine apps will stay here—not only in 2021—but forever. The reason is more than obvious. If the same level of care you receive with the virtual settings at home why would you waste time and money going to the hospital? Specifically for chronic treatments and routine follow-ups telemedicine apps and remote medicine have proved to be an elixir.
With a number of virtual visits touching 1 billion in 2020 as predicted by Forrester, remote patient monitoring and telemedicine solutions mitigated the spread of the virus and enabled care providers to cure more patients from their tighter schedules. Interestingly, even the physicians who were, historically, reluctant in using virtual modes have switched to telemedicine and they think they will want to stick to it even after the pandemic.
2. Healthcare Insurance Using Predictive Technology
Health data plays a vital role in all key stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem. The pandemic outburst has surged doctors’ appointments and patients’ interaction with health services through the medium of online devices and activities—giving a vast amount of data to providers and insurers—which stands critically important to draw a precise image to understand where and when the intervention will be needed.
This is the point where AI and other predictive technologies like Data Analytics will have their role to play. AI-driven prediction tools will help in forecasting the efficient use of resources and help healthcare insurance companies to analyze data and better understand risks, customer preferences, and accurately set premiums with optimized prices.
3. AI-Powered Drug Discovery
This level of urgency was never seen before as we did see for ‘drug discovery’ in 2020. Radically, a COVID-19 showstopper! Typically, drug discovery and development takes a decade, however, with the outbreak of coronavirus the immediate acceleration of technological advancements was clearly understood by researchers and biopharmaceutical companies.
AI-powered discovery labs and AI models enabling GPU-accelerated drug discovery promises to supercharge the drug development process and bring life-saving drugs and vaccines to market faster.
4. Digitally Connected Smart Hospitals
Hospitals will embed new technologies into their design and operations to improve the customer experience, patient outcomes, and costs. Thus, paving their way to becoming a smart hospital.
By definition, a smart hospital is digitally connected with the rest of the ecosystem, is patient centric, driven by analytics and big data, and have a high degree of automation. With the futuristic and nimble design, a smart hospital helps in streamlining clinical workflows, enhances operational efficiency, and provides virtual care tools to remote patient monitoring that helps in curing patients’ illnesses at their earlier stages which decreases the chances of hospital readmissions.
5. Voice-Controlled Solutions To Simplify Clinical Workflows
An intelligent communication system is poised to gain traction in 2021 as it improves workflow efficiency in medical settings. These voice-controlled solutions not only help in improving doctor-patient interaction but also helps newly or reassigned care delivery providers who are unfamiliar with the location of drugs, medical tools or personnel and processes connect with the right information or person using simple voice commands. Thus, improving medical workflow processes.
6. Modernized PPE Standards to Minimize Exposure to Virus
The pandemic is yet not over. Infection still persists, so will the extra precautions. That said, hospitals will focus more on personal protective equipment (PPE) modernization and hands-free communication technology to minimize the threat to virus and infection exposure. With hands-free devices being operative under PPE, the physicians and care team members can easily communicate without affecting care or leaving the emergency rooms.
7. AR and VR Integration Across The Care Spectrum
The lockdown has undoubtedly underscored the potential of AR and VR headsets for healthcare professionals and proved it’s no longer a technology for immersive gaming experiences. Tools enabled with virtual reality including VR cameras and 3D models of cancer that are adding real value to the training of medical professionals and helping them to study procedures in detail from all angles rather than hustling to catch a sight over a surgeon’s shoulder.
Additionally, VR is helping in pain management, reducing symptoms of depression and helping in early detection of various diseases like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.
How Codiant Can Help?
Codiant is a renowned telemedicine app development company that helps healthcare organizations to implement a new and efficient way to provide virtual care anytime, anywhere. Our telemedicine app development solutions are helping organizations optimize clinical workflows, reduce operating costs, and advance the quality of care through our full-service capabilities and focused expertise in patient-centered solutions for care providers, Doctors, Pharmacists, and healthcare organizations.
Codiant also helps organizations with a market-ready telemedicine app development solution known as TeleDocto. With features like video calling and video conferencing, screen sharing, file sharing, online appointment booking, secured messaging and more the solution facilitates doctors to create their virtual clinic and connect with their patients over any browser or mobile phone.