Ever since the pandemic started, the world has been keenly monitoring the healthcare industry and the trends that drive them. Due to COVID-19, medical institutions have had to undergo significant change and have pushed them to improve their facilities by incorporating the newest and most relevant health tech trends.
There has been significant growth and acceptance of remote health monitoring as well as increased reliance on virtual care. These technologies have been crucial in creating a seamless interaction between patients and doctors, further imposing their presence in the healthcare domain.
As the healthcare industry looks to implement new and latest technologies to improve patient care, let’s look at a few key trends to keep an eye out for in 2021:
Telemedicine’s contribution to healthcare during the pandemic has been quite positive. It has allowed healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat patients remotely via phone calls, emails, mobile apps and even video chat. It has also provided notable benefits like decreased healthcare costs, increase in efficiency and revenue as well as providing patients with better access to healthcare services.
3D bioprinting allows healthcare professionals to essentially ‘print’ living tissue that healthcare professionals can analyze and examine the molecular basis of diseases by conducting tests on the printed models. This technology has proven to be incredibly effective in studying terminal diseases like cancer or tumors. Worldwide, 3D bioprinting marketing is expected to cross $1.8 billion by 2027.
Nanomedicine informatics is essential for integrating huge, complex datasets to implement nanoparticles within living organisms at the nano level. The technology augments laboratory research and is able to intelligently deliver drugs to specific locations within the body. Also, nanorobots have been instrumental in drug delivery and disease monitoring after it has been injected into a patient’s bloodstream.
Artificial intelligence is designed to replicate human cognitive processes. AI applications have been most commonly used in the detection of cancer and its treatment. There are also several AI-based applications and mobile apps that gather medical data from consumers to improve hospitals and healthcare experts’ care delivery towards patients.
With increasing development and applications in healthcare, cloud computing systems in the medical field are expected to reach from $20.2 billion in 2017 to $35 billion in 2022.
Such growth is the result of the need to store a high volume of data at a lesser expense for healthcare organizations. One of the most prominent uses of big data in healthcare is in Electronic Health Record systems (EHR). It enables healthcare institutions to maintain digital documentation like medical history, demographics, laboratory results and diagnoses.
Genomics deals with finding out how a patient’s biological information can help to improve their clinical care and health outcomes using effective diagnosis and personalized treatment. It can be employed as a screening tool that categorizes health conditions and chooses the right medicines, including therapies developed to target specific diseases.
The integrated digital transformation of healthcare institutions is one of the biggest trends for the next few years. Also, we can expect everything in relation to remote monitoring and data management will grow in popularity and prominence in the near future, especially telemedicine, AI and cloud computing. Additionally, targeted and customized care for critical diseases will be a growing trend that is likely to experience a lot of technological development and advancement in the future.