COVID-19 had a negative impact on the healthcare sector in altering lifestyles to working from home rather than being physically present at the office.
Although it nearly drove the healthcare sector to the verge of collapse, it has also been a blessing in disguise for the sector when it comes to advancements and improvements.
In order to prepare for future crises of this nature, healthcare institutions were forced to advance their healthcare trends.
Trend 1: COVID-19 will still be a problem.
According to Rick Pollack, president, and chief executive officer of the American Hospital Association (AMA), “We now know that we will be co-existing with COVID-19 in some capacity for the foreseeable future, with no definite stop in sight.”
This will continue to have an impact on not only the health of our country but also the capacity of hospitals and health systems to reform it. As one might anticipate, COVID-19 is a recurring element in the healthcare trends we anticipate for 2022, both for its recent and ongoing effects on the sector.
Trend 2: To help assure healthcare equity, the healthcare sector will turn to cutting-edge technological solutions.
Due to a wide range of reasons, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed substantial disparities in access to care.
According to Karen Kobelski, Vice President and General Manager of Clinical Surveillance Compliance & Data Solutions at Wolters Kluwer Health, “the COVID-19 pandemic brought attention to health disparities in the United States, and the industry can no longer turn a blind eye.”
2022 will be crucial for ensuring that healthcare data supports rather than undermines the overarching objective of providing the greatest care worldwide.
Trend 3: Wearable data will start to become more important in patient treatment.
Popular wearables like watches and fitness trackers have raised health awareness among customers, patients, and users, and they are also producing a vast amount of data that can be used to improve medical care.
According to Lisa Hedges in Software Advice, “general practitioners should take advantage of the hugely popular commercial wearable gadgets like Apple Watch and Fitbit to urge patients to participate full-time with their health.”
Trend 4: Healthcare systems must manage significantly more data
While having more data on which to base decisions enables more precise patient care, organizing and making sense of all that data and transforming it into insights clinicians can easily use is a challenge for healthcare companies.
The elimination of data silos and the organizing of lab data in a way that allows for the extraction and subsequent communication of actionable insights is a crucial step in a business’s quest to provide precision health.
Without a way to collect, organize, and normalize it into information that is useful for both patients and clinicians, all the data is meaningless.
Trend 5: Concerns about clinical fatigue will persist.
Long before COVID-19, healthcare organizations were aware of the problem of burnout among the care team, but the global pandemic has undoubtedly made it worse.
According to Forrester Predictions for 2022, “a wave of manpower shortages will sweep across the healthcare business in 2022.”
According to the Medscape 2021 Physician Burnout & Suicide Report, 42% of doctors admitted to being burned out, and 21% of those doctors said their symptoms started after the COVID-19 epidemic.
Trend 6: Patients will have greater choices for at-home care.
Although telemedicine has been a technique and technology for some time, it wasn’t until the COVID-19 epidemic that it was widely used.
Many people think that the trend toward providing care from home wherever possible will continue now that patients and clinicians are more accustomed to technology.
Trend 7: Healthcare businesses will continue to explore ways to enhance workflow and patient experience while boosting effectiveness and value.
“More businesses are introducing systems that provide real-time access to patient information and seamless collaboration among care teams,” Burroughs writes in HealthTech.
The next phase will involve improving their capabilities and workflow linkages, particularly in ways that fit the particular needs of different teams and providers.
Trend 8: Patient mental health and emotional well-being will be a focus.
The epidemic has considerably raised the need for care even as it has significantly decreased the stigma associated with getting treatment for one’s mental health and emotional well-being.
“Employers are bridging access gaps for employees by giving access to mental health and emotional wellbeing through online tools and digital treatment. Employers are nonetheless concerned about these resources’ quality,” according to Managed Healthcare Executives.
Trend 9: Precision Health will keep expanding.
Even while cancer care has already adopted precision health to a substantial extent, current developments are driving the precision health focus into all aspects of care delivery.
According to Alessia Deglincerti and Rachel Laing in Drug Target Review, “Drug and diagnostic companies are now investigating precision techniques in various areas of medicine, including neuroscience, immunology, and women’s health.”
Trend 10: As healthcare providers start using AI and digital healthcare modeling in their workflows, the field of healthcare technology will continue to research these topics.
In a conversation with Brian Patty, MD, CMIO, Medix Technology, at the Twenty-First Population Health Colloquium, hc1 chairman and CEO Brad Bostic said, “When we think about artificial intelligence applied to populations, where my mind goes is how to become more proactive.”
“We see that as a big opportunity for artificial intelligence and machine learning to the extent that we can hone in on these data sets like lab data, all of those diagnostic outcomes, and the corresponding pharmaceuticals that are getting prescribed and maximize that.”
In 2022, there will be a lot of changes as the healthcare industry continues to change. Future changes in the healthcare sector will be brought about by the plethora of technology and evolving automated IDV solutions.
Healthcare providers will also work with regulatory organizations to develop data protection regulations that will increase the credibility of the healthcare sector. As a result, 2022 will be filled with many experiences.