Technology can impact every aspect of our daily lives, and healthcare is no different. With new tools created every day, and innovations evolving to meet patient needs, there are many platforms poised to help both care providers and patients in the coming years.
Consumers have gotten used to their Apple Watches, and similar technology can help them get adequate healthcare. Wearables provide remote patient monitoring through specialized devices that can track data to keep their doctor informed. Being able to see patient glucose levels, blood pressure, and other pertinent health data provides a huge opportunity for physicians. On the other hand, questions have arisen about how to accept and interpret data. Healthcare providers are pressed for time as it is – will they benefit from a flood of data coming from new sources? Apple recently announced its participation in three cutting edge studies, in conjunction with some leading medical institutions, to research this technology 1 . Only time will tell if wearables are here to stay, but the field is undoubtedly an exciting one that will continue to progress.
Concerning the theme of remote care, telehealth is a growing industry where we expect to see an expansion of services. Every day, more hospitals, doctors, and specialists are offering telehealth options. From surgery patients receiving on-camera consultations from their home, to rural families seeing doctors via FaceTime for questions, remote care can greatly reduce the physical and financial toll of seeing a professional for many people. Platforms like FaceTime and the ability of almost every industry to work remotely have created a wider acceptance of communicating remotely. Expect to see even wider adoption as more people become comfortable with the concept of talking to doctors without an in-person visit.
Finally, the much-anticipated 5G has the potential to significantly increase the transmission speed for images and files, which will be considerable support to remote patient care. 5G will significantly boost transmission speeds for downloads and mobile communications (such as on a tablet). However, 5G has received some criticism due to its shorter range and the resulting need for several new antennas. The longer-term impacts of this new technology are still unseen, but the possibilities for the healthcare sector should not go unnoticed.
If you are in a space that offers services to healthcare providers, these are trends you need to be aware of and stay on top of to remain relevant. Both providers and patients will continue to expect more day-to-day activities to be done remotely. Consider different ways you can support that goal, and you’re on your way to edging out your competition.
1 Smartwatches in Healthcare Drive Insights and Action by Adam Oldenburg