A new decade is beginning and it feels as though much has changed in the medical field over the past 10 years. We have been introduced to new advancements in communication, patient monitoring, and patient charting. If the next ten years are anything like the previous ten, healthcare technology will continue to rapidly advance.
These improvements over the next decade will continue to create a more accessible and affordable platform for physicians and their patients to connect. They will also offer some of the most unique ways to diagnose and cure illnesses and we are excited for what they have to bring.
Data and cloud storage
Cloud data and storage is becoming common in nearly all aspects of life. Some see it in their personal lives and for others, it carries over into their occupation. For the healthcare industry in particular, cloud storage enables clinicians to access their patient records remotely, speeding up the process of diagnosing and treating.
AI is set to be a major part of healthcare technology in the coming years. With AI-powered robots assisting in robotic surgeries, collaborative platforms for innovative startups, and advanced software that can detect diseases based off of listed symptoms, the healthcare industry is sure to see some significant changes in the coming years.
The lives of our patients are becoming increasingly more occupied and we therefore must meet their demands. Long waiting room times and frequent follow-up visits are both things that will soon be eliminated from a typical practice’s schedule. With telemedicine, patients have the ability to meet with their provider virtually from the comfort of their own home, office, or place of work.
Internet of Things, or IoT
With cloud storage and data sites being utilized via the Internet comes the need for the Internet to be everywhere. With devices such as smartphones and smartwatches, tablets, fitness trackers and more, patients can continuously be monitored offsite. The Internet of Things refers to the ability to access this stored information from any device that can connect to the Internet and it has done—and will continue to do—wonders for virtual treatment.
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have been used in medical fields such as neurosurgery and other complex procedures. Though, as this form of healthcare technology is researched further, there will be a greater need for it in the field of medicine. Take, for example, our recent article on how virtual reality is helping war veterans to fight PTSD.
Technology in healthcare has been widely disbursed and has impacted nearly all facets of the field. As we browse through the anticipated trends for the next decade to come, we’re excited to be in the field.
We are consistently on the lookout for the most innovative approaches to monetizing a physician’s efforts, and these trends certainly seem to be among those we anticipate being significant players in the field.