Healthcare is changing rapidly before our eyes. Healthcare managers need to be mindful of the most recent trends in healthcare to stay competitive. Knowing the trends allows organizations to identify opportunities to improve patient care delivery and employee well-being. Watch for these healthcare trends in 2023.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI is already speeding up healthcare’s medical billing and revenue collection process. This improvement is possible because AI can quickly examine unstructured patient data and make relevant connections for healthcare organizations. In 2023, healthcare leaders expect to continue adopting AI technologies such as computer vision, natural language processing, and pattern recognition. AI is useful in predicting outcomes of clinical trials, drug discovery, and medical imagery.
Telemedicine or telehealth usage has increased due to the pandemic. Telehealth allows doctors to see patients, even in a limited way. Most experts predict this trend will continue, with those who suffer from chronic conditions being the biggest part of the population relying on telehealth sessions with healthcare providers.
Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote monitoring is a healthcare technology to watch in 2023. The healthcare industry is evolving quickly, and digital health solutions are a promising way to improve patient outcomes in the future. In 2023, we will see that placing a heart monitor on a patient for an in-home study is much easier than a lengthy hospital stay. The technology will allow healthcare providers to see their patients’ vital statistics at home while at their offices.
Expect the amount of healthcare business from retail outlets to double in 2023. Retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and CVS already offer healthcare services, including blood tests, vaccinations, and medical check-ups. Doctors, clinics, and hospitals have traditionally delivered these medical services. Retail healthcare providers are more accessible and do not require appointments in advance. These providers are also less affected by shortages of trained clinical staff that many countries are currently experiencing.
Increased Security Demands
The use of new software and technology in healthcare is a terrific thing. However, it brings with it the need to protect these systems with monitoring systems such as firewalls and anti-malware applications. Healthcare budgets might need adjustment to account for increased security demands. In 2023, hackers might try to break into healthcare data and steal sensitive patient information. Healthcare organizations should consider consulting with computer security professionals to secure their networks.
Wearable Health Devices
Patients will increasingly use wearable devices to track their health and exercise activity. Devices are becoming more sophisticated with ECGs, heart attack risk predictors, and gloves that reduce the tremors of Parkinson’s Disease. Look for medical devices with in-device analytics. These devices increase patient privacy because personal data never leaves the device. These devices can also warn of potentially life-threatening conditions in real time.
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