3 Things To Watch For In The Changing Healthcare Landscape | Healthcare and Technology news | Scoop.it

High Technology


Nowadays, technology has made the world to evolve at a higher pace and healthcare is one of the industries that has benefited. Today, high tech is being used to improve healthcare analysis as well as diagnosis. Also, digital and remote pharmacy solutions are now offered by savvy plan sponsors as an approach of virtualizing pharmacy and reaching patients where they are. Some of the services they have provided include remote monitoring, home delivery, telehealth, mobile application and much more. Telemedicine software has already been introduced but telehealth is still being developed and soon it will be implemented. There are several laws and regulations that are being created and others are changed so that telehealth technology can be spread worldwide. According to statistics, about 65% of nurses, physicians, and other healthcare experts are using telehealth or are planning to use it in the future. The reason why high technology it expected to bring changes in the healthcare landscape is because:


1.) It will increase availability and accessibility of services:Technology will make services be more available and this means that more patients will be treated. This will be beneficial to patients with disabilities or elderly people as they won’t need to move from one place to another just because they want to see a doctor. People living in the rural will also easily get answers to any questionable side effects and be treated. Through technology, the number of patients will reduce since most of them will be treated where they are.


2.) The total quality of care will improve: The best thing about high healthcare technology is that it will improve the quality of care because doctors will have more available time. The ease and efficiency of telehealth services will make the level of healthcare to go up. There are several people who have usedtelemedicine services and most of them have said that the quality of care is higher than or similar to the in-person visit.


3.) It will reduce costs: Advancement in technology in the healthcare landscape will help lower the overall cost on the entire industry. Because technology makes services be easily available, more patients will be treated in a well-organized and efficient manner that will eventually reduce the costs. According to research, if US corporations use telemedicine then it could possibly supply more than 5.5 billion a year in healthcare savings.


In future, it is expected that there will be the use of robotics in surgery as this will highly reduce complications. The accuracy and efficiency of technology in the healthcare landscape will help in simplifying and reducing a lot of problems.


Growing Workforce


Many health experts agree that healthcare industries will not look the way it is today and this is mainly because most of them will shift their focus to prevention and treatment, to population health, to low-cost approaches, to more personalized care etc. This will force practitioners to develop different approaches that can help them provide unique services which can be of great value to their customers. There are many physicians that usually work with very sick patients and they have specialized in certain types of patients, disease types, or techniques of treatment. In the near future, there will be social workers, nutritionists, exercise psychologists, care coordinators, physical therapists, health coaches and much more that will be making sure that people suffering from chronic disorders manage their risk factors and the healthy continue staying healthy.




There will be more care coordinators who will be trained to help patients in self-management to prescribed treatments. Physicians or nurses will be working under close supervision and tablets will be used as a form of communication between them and their supervisors during patient encounters. The assistants can be trained in 4-6 weeks to work with patients who have been diagnosed with a specific disease in EDs, hospitals, home visits or even over the phone. Today, patients usually visit the hospital every 3-5 months if they have a serious disease and see a doctor for about 20 minutes. In the future, we expect clinical aides to work with such patients and this eliminates the need to see a doctor after every 5 months. This is expected to happen in the future but some institutions have already started practicing it and they have found it is effective and convenient.


Fewer People in Hospitals


Due to high-tech and growing workforce in the healthcare industry, there will be fewer people in hospitals. Patients will be given immediate answers wherever they are and they will find it easier to just stay home and get instructions from a doctor through a mobile app, phone call etc. Everything will be readily available, thus, people won’t see the need of booking for an appointment with their doctor, take time off from work and then go to the hospital.


Insurance companies have already implemented the necessary changes so that high cost or high-risk patients can stay out of the hospitals. This measure will affect hospitals and patients but will be helpful to insurance companies since they will be saving money. Managers have already been hired to monitor patients that are considered to be high cost and make sure they maintain a healthy lifestyle so that they won’t end up in hospitals. The high-tech and growing workforce will keep people healthy and help them stay out of hospitals; this is beneficial to patients but what about the nurses, doctors as well as support staff in hospitals? This means that some of them might lack jobs or few people will want to be doctors or nurses.