Thanks to advancements in technology, health professionals now have an increased capacity to provide much-needed care to patients faster and in a more convenient manner. All of these improvements contribute to making health services more efficient.
For instance, through telemedicine companies, patients can consult doctors through video visits. These virtual consultations are one way to provide health care more conveniently to patients. More and more states are actually updating their laws to bring telemed services to more people.
Here are other trends that are transforming the health care industry.
Increased interest in automation
According to a study done by the PwC Health Research Institute, healthcare executives are hoping to automate tasks such as scheduling, timesheet entry, and routine paperwork using artificial intelligence tools. Using AI to automate these administrative tasks will allow providers to focus more on caring for patients.
A study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Center for Connected Medicine in Pennsylvania found that some healthcare organizations are already using AI for disease management, population health, readmissions and claims processing, and clinical decision support.
Other tasks that may be handled by AI are adverse event reporting, cancer diagnostics, screening drug candidates, as well as streamlining finance processes such as accounting. Machine learning and AI can also be used to streamline decision making when it comes to patient treatment and medication.
Data sharing to tackle the opioid crisis
Opioid overdose is now the leading cause of death for adults in the United States below 50-years-old. Pulling health data from different sources are helping medical professionals tackle the opioid crisis.
According to the PwC report, the combining private and public health data may allow providers to get new insights and reveal new areas of focus, such as social factors that affect patient behavior. One example of this trend in action is in Massachusetts where the sharing of data across government agencies are making it easier to identify at-risk opioid patients.
Popularity of online and mobile platforms
Internet and communication technology has become an essential tool for providers to connect with patients. Digital health technology is not just for younger, tech-savvy patients too, as online tech has become more effective than broadcast or print advertising at reaching older patients.
With mobile platforms and through the use of tablets and smartphones, patients are able to access care and services whenever and wherever they want. Some other examples of digital health products are health apps, activity trackers, and fall-detection monitors.