Scientific and technological advancements in the global health systems are aiming at transforming healthcare into an improved framework of more integrated systems, access to affordable and quality healthcare, cure and preventive measures for every disease and promote healthy lives of humans. Patients are evolving and accepting health services to be delivered quickly and easily without having to spend lots of bills. Doctors are becoming more aware of the different dangers and disruptions in the health system and working towards terminating them. Government health organizations before owned a maximum amount of share in the health sector, but the advent of public-private partnerships has led to a boost in development.
Many trends are changing the future of healthcare, some of them are:
- Remote Patient Care & Telehealth: Due to the shortage of nurses and doctors, telehealth communication has become more necessary. Patients that don’t live close by to the hospitals are now using the medium of video conferencing and text to get treatment.
- Precision Medicine & Genomics: Many health systems are now engaging in conducting behavioral research to explore the relationship between biological, environmental and behavioral contributors to health and wellness that has created precision medicine and genomics for high-level treatment of a different type of moderate as well as chronic diseases.
- Population Health Management: it is important to manage the overall health of a particular, not just treatment of diseases is sufficient. Promoting a healthy lifestyle, exercise plans, routine checkups, and even education to make healthy decisions should be employed.
- Value-Based Care: Modern and aware patients nowadays are looking for the real ‘value’ of the money they pay for healthcare. They want better outcomes for the bills they spend on curing their illnesses.
The data stored about a patient is very crucial in the healthcare system. As technology becomes increasingly integrated into consumer lifestyles, all that data demands integration into health care information systems, with its integrity verified and its content held secure. Sharing patient information helps confirm symptom and diagnostic information, ensures prescribed treatments are achieving the desired effects, and guarantees no preventable interactions. Wearable technology also plays a role in the health care information systems of the future. This activity tracking may help people manage their health better, but in this sense, wearable technology also provides valuable information that does not rely on patient memory or honesty. Patient data should be easily updated and monitored. This process will involve managing information system security as well as ensuring the information collected remains intact and correct.
The main technologies contributing in shaping the future of healthcare are:
- Artificial intelligence
- 3-D Printing
- Biological data preservation
By 2050, the world’s population is expected to rise to 9.7 billion, with 2 billion over the age of 60. The healthcare system of the world needs to prepare for these changes keeping in mind the various obstacles. The goal should be to keep the population healthy and continuous growth of the health system.