5 Tech Trends Shaking up the Healthcare Industry

New and exciting trends are transforming the healthcare industry. These emerging innovations are creating a positive impact in the field. For instance, today's physicians heal patients with custom-tailored treatment plans based on their genetic information. This is an effective and novel approach from traditional, one-size-fits-all treatment plans. Physicians hope that these kinds of plans will answer important questions, such as why treatments work for some patients and not others.

There are numerous new innovations emerging that transforming the way people communicate, manage tasks and maintain their health. As new technologies emerge, they are increasingly becoming a part of daily life.

Currently, there are myriad of innovations relating to medical health, including innovations in harvesting, research, medical treatment and communication. These developments have provided physicians with new ways to deliver care, and help with consumers needs. In this modern age of medicine, the internet is now a primary resource for healthcare related information, and healthcare providers are connecting with patients via social media.

Read on to learn about 5 more revealing phenomena that are disrupting the contemporary healthcare field.

 

Trend 1: Consumer Problem Solving

Consumers relatively newfound grasp of the digital realm is allowing them to solve their own problems and find new opportunities. People are experimenting with new healthcare trends such as mindfulness and forming their own opinions about how they manage and monitor their health. Presently, 35-percent of American states permit a novel diagnosis called Direct Access Testing (DAT). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) roughly defines DAT as the “testing of human specimens” that is initiated by the patient rather than physicians. The practice is popular among patients,  and analyst forecasts 30-percent growth in the practice over the next five years.

DAT allows patients to take control of their own wellness. As they grow more information oriented, patients are playing an increasingly expanding role in their own care and nurturing development in the DAT field. So far, the practice has proved effective at promoting physician-patient collaboration in reducing healthcare costs.

 

Trend 2: Customer and Client Satisfaction

Care providers and healthcare institutions are incorporating new ways to improve collaboration as well as experimenting with improved healthcare models. The collaborative care model (CCM), for instance, is helping care providers improve treatment outcomes and streamline operations. According to studies, CCM delivers markedly significant improvements for conditions such as depression and anxiety  The model is team-oriented and discipline focused and is an evidence-based practice that incorporates clinical decision-making and systematic reporting that drives quantifiable treatment outcomes.

 

Trend 3: Better and Efficient Treatments

Imagine an immunotherapy cancer treatment that uses the body's natural immune system to destroy deadly cancer cells. That's exactly what a new crop of cancer vaccines promises to deliver. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already legalized the use of these remarkable medicines for conditions such as advanced prostate cancer and melanoma.

Currently, researchers are working to incorporate the new cancer treatment with the familiar tetanus vaccine as well as a previously developed cancer vaccination. To date, studies have shown that patients treated with the dual cancer vaccine lived 3 to 7 years longer than those who were not treated with the tetanus medicine.

 

Trend 4: Improved Managerial Ethics

In the current healthcare marketplace, satisfaction is a mission-critical objective. Consequently, modern healthcare providers are working on ways to improve their leadership, operations and patient relations. Additionally, as the healthcare industry grows more complex, negotiation skills are growing increasingly important so that healthcare leaders can resolve internal conflicts as well as advocates for patient wellness.

Furthermore, organizational ethics are a rising concern. As an example, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) distributed the alarming report on Dr. Paolo Macchiarini in 2016. He was charged with providing false medical research that led to the deaths of seven patients. In another unfortunate event, an Olympic physical therapy physician Larry Nassar was convicted of sexual misconduct. These and other incidents have damaged relationships that care providers have with the communities that they serve. Resultantly, healthcare leaders of working to repair these relationships, as well as avoid financial and legal setbacks.

 

Trend 5: Big Data and Decision-Making

Big data systems are helping medical professionals uncover beneficial healthcare trends and improve community health outcomes. However, the state of the industry is rapidly changing. Today, providers are wrestling with how to manage a surplus of information, rather than trying to find ways to get enough information to make meaningful improvements.

In other areas, new and sophisticated treatment practices developed from big data studies are helping patients to heal. The innovations are making medicine safer and more reliable. As more healthcare providers leverage electronic health records (EHRs), patients are enjoying increased access to information, and as a result, a better understanding of their own treatment plans.

In this complex and challenging caregiving environment, modern healthcare leaders must develop comprehensive, team-oriented strategies. Resultantly, today's healthcare executives must approach complex problems with an emphasis on diversity and collaboration to produce successful outcomes in the modern caregiving environment.

Despite the advantages of these new medical trends, care providers face regulatory challenges and the current administrations' ongoing efforts to make a meaningful improvement to the American healthcare system, which is driving up the cost of caregiving. Meanwhile, medical technology and practices continue to evolve, and patients must do their best to stay current with medical technology and use it to monitor improve their own health.

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