The year 2020 has been a definitive one for healthcare around the world. On one hand, the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the global healthcare system into a frenzy. Simultaneously, we’ve also seen the healthcare industry rise up to the challenge and face the crisis with fortitude.
Despite being a tough year for the medical industry in general, the year 2020 has seen several major trends in the sector. While most of these have been driven by technology, some have to change customer behaviour at the core.
Healthcare has traditionally been one of the industries slow to adopt the technology. This has mainly been due to reluctance on the part of patients to share personal data online. As this slowly but surely begins to change, we expect these barriers to fall away and trigger the positives in the industry.
In the following, we’ll be taking a look at some of the major healthcare trends that 2020 is seeing.
The Prevalence of Predictive Analytics
As mentioned above, 2020 has seen patients overcome the barrier to data-sharing. This has led to a rise in the number of data analytics firms foraying into healthcare. Using predictive analytics, big data firms can now successfully predict the occurrences of several diseases, such as diabetes, flu, and high cholesterol.
In fact, according to researchers, even Facebook posts can be used to predict up to 21 health conditions. These include physiological as well as psychological ailments such as anxiety and depression.
The Use Of Cloud To Break Data Silos
In the past, the healthcare industry was characterised by siloed data. This, together with the multiple pathways that patient data takes, made it inherently tough to track a patient’s healthcare journey.
Today, the cloud has ensured that data can be effectively shared and communicated among healthcare professionals. This allows both patients as well as healthcare providers to work and communicate better with each other. Using the cloud, processes that once took days can be completed within a few minutes.
The Rise Of Telemedicine
One of the major impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the curtailing of free movement. Due to global lockdowns and social distancing, people aren’t venturing from their homes. However, the truth remains that there are other ailments apart from Covid-19, and these demand medical attention.
Thankfully, technology has come to the rescue. Using video conferencing tools, doctors and patients can now connect in virtual environments. This has created a tech-sphere in which patients and providers can interact without flouting social distancing norms.
Further, with the rise of 5G technology, video calls are expected to become more seamless. All of this will lead to a positive transformation of healthcare visits. Plus, by eliminating the need for physical visits, this aims to make life easier for patients and caregivers.
The Use Of AR/VR For Medical Purposes
A decade ago, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) were the stuff of science fiction. Today, we are seeing the actual implementation of these technologies in multiple industries such as gaming and marketing. Thankfully, healthcare hasn’t been far behind.
AR/VR can today be used to train new medical professionals and create virtual environments for meeting patients. Plus, using such technologies, medical practitioners can work to make faster, better diagnoses that lead to rapid patient recovery.
AI In Healthcare
Finally, we must talk about Artificial Intelligence (AI), that all-encompassing technology of the 21st century. 2020 has seen greater adoption of AI technologies in the medical industry. AI-powered tools today can allow doctors to make better diagnoses and general error-free reports.
What’s more, AI also has the potential to process huge amounts of data, which can’t be humanly handled. This creates numerous opportunities in the field of medical care. For example, machine learning algorithms can be used to create drug interaction models that help to speed up trials. All this can lead to faster discoveries in the healthcare space, which ultimately helps to save lives.
It can’t be denied that technology is one of the harbingers of positive change in any industry. At the same time, the healthcare sector has traditionally been one in which the human touch is required most.
At KPeyes, we enable you to achieve the right balance. Using the best of technology and human interaction, we help healthcare businesses like yours make the best of both worlds.