On our 21st birthday, our team at HealthCare21 covered the significant advancements within the healthcare sector that occurred over the past 21 years. We will now be posting 21 developments that will be shaping the future of medical communications and healthcare delivery.
11. Real-time and remote patient monitoring are changing the face of healthcare, and according to studies this could fundamentally improve patient engagement, adherence and outcomes, and quality of care for the management of chronic conditions. This includes onsite in hospitals and clinics, for at-home care and for remote care in less populated areas of the country and in developing countries. It is estimated that more than five million wearable, mobile medical sensors are currently in use.
The increased focus on value-based care is shifting financial incentives to a healthcare model where providers are compensated based on how their patients fare, rather than by the number of tests, visits or procedures performed. 24/7 data sensor monitoring could help a healthcare provider detect potential issues allowing them to adjust treatment and the payer avoids the additional costs of prolonged recovery or remedial treatment.
The Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data are allowing medical providers and healthcare professionals to accumulate and analyse a much larger population base and assess huge volumes of new data which is fuelling the healthcare industry’s biggest trends – such as precision medicine, predictive analytics and machine learning, according to an article in HealthIT Analytics. Big Data is already having a profound impact on the healthcare field in areas from oncology to neurology, cardiology, genomics and other specialties with more personalised therapies and diagnostic tools. Patient-specific data is also increasingly available through a new generation of devices and applications that collect information through wearable technology, home monitors and smartphones. IoT promises to greatly improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare, bringing especially high value care for the elderly, patients with chronic conditions and those requiring constant supervision, while also allowing patient data to be continuously monitored and transmitted via cloud-based platforms.