2020 marks the advent of the new decade and this new decade comes with new technological innovations and new challenges. With every field stepping up with advanced technology, medical and healthcare services are evolving and revolutionizing at the same pace. The inventions and innovations that were once seen only in high-tech and Sci-Fi movies are part of the healthcare industry and will be commonly used in the 2020s. Among the latest trends used by the medical industry, few are given below:
Artificial intelligence augmented reality, virtual reality and other precision medicine devices that were in experimental stages in the last century will move towards more practical stages and will be integrated into the healthcare system. AI will revolutionize the healthcare service and will do wonders in the 2020s. in addition to Artificial intelligence, digital healthcare tools will also improve the healthcare industry to understand and treat the diseases better. These tools will also step up the game of personalization of healthcare services.
Latest Imaging Technologies
The latest imaging technologies such as radio imaging will be used more frequently without any technological barrier. There will be enhanced resolution and three-dimensional viewing of internal organs. It will help in more specializing and innovation of healthcare and it will add value to patients’ healthcare experience.
Interoperability and Data Sharing
There is an increased need for proper record keeping of patients. Patients trust healthcare centers with their important information. This information needs to be secured as cybersecurity is the foremost duty of any healthcare provider and patient data is at the risk of data breaches. The normative stage of HL7’s Fast Interoperability Resources standard will be reached to the maturity stage. This advancement will lead to a secure exchange of information in the healthcare industry.
There has always been an increased need for communication between patients and healthcare service providers. A steady flow of information needs to be transmitted from patients to clinics. To ensure better healthcare for their patients’ medical service providers needs to satisfy their customers with proper information. Patients need to be updated about their payments and need to be sent reminders for their scheduled visits.
Evolution of Payment Options
With changing decade, payment options are more likely to evolve as the payers of healthcare will be demanding the effective and value-based return on their money. Patients look for more ease and digitalization in payment methods and look for more convenient payment options. Seamless and cashless payment trends will prevail in the coming decades.
Personalized Medical Care
For a very long time, the health care industry is treating patients by designing one model of patient healthcare and trying to use it as a mold to fit all the patients as if they have the same requirements. This is the result of the commodification of healthcare that treats patients as consumers. This attitude is likely to change in this decade due to more influx of information technology in every field including medical science.
The increasing competition also plays a role in increasing patient awareness. Patients becoming conscious of their cost-benefit analysis will ask for more personalized healthcare as a result of the payments they pay for their treatment.