Healthcare trends for 2019 range from advances in artificial intelligence to an increase in value-based care around the globe. Here’s a look at seven trends that continue to evolve and change the way healthcare consumers and providers practice health.
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) takes over
AI will cross the $1.7 billion mark by year’s end and could lead to 10 to 15 percent productivity gains over the next two to three years. Look for big developments in imaging diagnostics, risk analytics and drug discovery, according to Forbes.
2. Biometrics and blockchain strengthen security
From fingerprint scanners to facial recognition, keep an eye out for heightened security measures using biometrics or realistic authentication. Blockchain will offer secure recordkeeping solutions, patient consent management and a protected avenue for patient rewards and incentives.
3. Digital health technology grows exponentially
The aging population and chronic health conditions will drive the need for digital health solutions such as mobile apps, telehealth platforms, Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) and Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) devices. Forbes predicts health tech outside of hospital settings will grow by 30 percent and cross the $25 billion mark around the world.
4. Data shifts from big to small
Health plans and providers will use small data analytics to assess at-risk individuals and population health, find the lowest treatment cost with the best outcomes, and implement automated systems for patients, payers, healthcare providers and procedures.
5. 3-D printing gets personal
Say goodbye to traditional prosthetics and hello to custom-made. 3-D printing makes uncomfortable, factory-produced prosthetics a thing of the past. The technology digitally captures a patient’s unique measurements, giving engineers just what they need to build the perfect fit for patients.
6. Voice technology takes center stage
Tech giants like Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft and specialized players such as Nuance and Orbita will comply with HIPAA regulations to offer voice and chatbot apps in clinical settings. Look for growth in the areas of elderly care, chronic condition management and physician’s assistants.
7. Value-based care spreads globally
Forbes predicts 15 percent of healthcare spending around the world will tie in with value-based care. Countries that spend 10 percent or more of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will move away from economic models and cost-effective measures to health outcomes and treatment measures using data-driven, risk-sharing frameworks.
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