The healthcare industry continues to face unrelenting workloads, staff shortages, and an aging population. Technology has made it possible for healthcare workers to keep up with rising costs, persistent chronic illness, inequalities due to finances and climate change, and much more.
12 Healthcare Technology Trends for 2022
To keep up with the demands of our patients, we need to deliver care that’s scalable, equitable, and accessible. Eco-friendly technology will also play a part in 2022s healthcare tech trends.
1. Predictive Analytics
For most healthcare leaders, preparing for an unexpected uptick in patient demand is necessary if they want to reduce potential bottlenecks. Predictive analytics give care centres the power to forecast and prepare for future demands, like capacity and resource needs, in real-time.
2. Care Management Software
Foothold’s care management software and others like it are built to support the needs of care managers. From caseload coverage overview to finding gaps in member care, this software and its easy-to-use features can manage more in half the time, so you can be there for your patients.
3. Integrated Data Systems
Multidisciplinary care teams are finding it hard to keep track of relevant patient information. But integrated diagnostics provides the answer. With these systems, doctors will be able to access a patient’s entire medical history. This will help them make better healthcare decisions.
4. Virtual Care Providers
Healthcare leaders are heavily investing in virtual care, but providers are also paying attention to virtual collaboration. With this technology, healthcare professionals can assist other doctors with a patient’s medical status or exam results. It can also make specialized care more accessible.
5. Home Virtual Care
Health tracking apps, patient-reported outcomes, and pre-surgery coaching can all be performed through our phones. This type of healthcare technology can help at-risk populations minimize their risk of transmission, reduce strain on resources, and provide a convenient experience.
6. Locally Delivered Care
The pandemic has made it clear that patients need local access to delivered care. Instead of driving long distances to receive state-of-the-art healthcare, patients could soon see virtual care stations, local diagnostic hubs, and technology-equipped container structures cropping up.
7. “As a Service” Models
Our health systems are under significant pressure to respond quickly to change. To do this, healthcare organizations are adopting an “as a service” business model that utilizes SaaS and cloud-based systems. These “pay-as-you-go” services help health institutions manage budgets.
8. Smart Implants3D printing is becoming more common in healthcare, and patients are better off for it. Since 3D printers can produce bionic prostheses, surgical instruments, and implants at an incredibly fast rate and at half the cost, patients don’t have to wait long to receive this life-saving technology.
While nanomedicine is still quite a ways off from being used on a regular basis, ongoing trials suggest that nanorobots could be used to hunt for cancer cells or viruses. Pretty soon, this tech could successfully fight auto-immune, oncologic, and genetic diseases at a cellular level.
10. Universal Telehealth Adoption
Telehealth has been around for quite some time, but the US is looking to universally adopt it in most of their healthcare institutions. Advanced clinics are already virtually consulting with patients regularly, so it’s likely that Telehealth will gain regulatory approval sometime in 2022.
11. VR and Mixed Reality
Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) are making more frequent appearances in the healthcare industry. Early tests suggest VR, AR, and MR will be useful for seeing patients “face-to-face” and administering medical advice without being in the same room.
12. Data Breach Prevention
Data breach statistics demonstrate the rapid rise in malicious hacks over the past decade, but healthcare providers are regrettably falling behind. In 2022, there will be more security programs that protect healthcare systems. They should all be regulated by HIPAA and EDI security rules.