Current Trends in e-health Sector
Healthcare and technology are inextricably linked. However, many individuals are wondering where they are heading. Telemedicine, IoT devices, and virtual reality surgical training are just a few of the digital health innovations that are attracting a lot of money and helping the sector enhance health equity around the world. E-health trends are the driving factors behind health equality, which is all about making healthcare more accessible and cheaper for everyone.
The health crisis in 2021 will force the healthcare industry to innovate and adapt. The e-health innovation wave had already begun, but by 2021, e-health investments had reached new heights, both in terms of public sector funding and in terms of digital health company financing.
Artificial Intelligence to make improvement in patient experience
The application of artificial intelligence, in healthcare is not new. However, in recent years, the development of this type of technology in healthcare has advanced dramatically, and this trend will continue in 2022. In this discipline, AI and Machine Learning are employed as solutions to collect, analyse, and exploit data in order to automate some repetitive processes so that doctors can focus on higher-value duties. By 2030, these technologies will have matured in the e-health sector. Patients' orientation, medication development acceleration, diagnostic support through virtual assistants, computer-assisted surgery, and epidemiological prevention are only a few examples. These countless applications can be found across the healthcare system.
Remote health will expand
It is highly likely that by 2022, the telemedicine and remote health services developed during the pandemic to manage patients in the context of primary care will have been expanded to many other specialties and care paths, such as mental health, chronic disease monitoring, and patient monitoring following surgery or serious illness. Although remote health has the potential to increase access to health care, it will not be able to replace in-person medical visits. Many patients still believe that having a face-to-face conversation with a healthcare provider is vital. Due to increased coordination of treatment paths in different regions, we may anticipate to see the growth of hybrid care between face-to-face and remote health in 2022.
IoT to Work on Patient Care
The Internet of Things, or IoT, enables a wide range of medical devices to be connected to the Internet. Patients can become more involved in their health as a result of these connected gadgets. They can use or wear these gadgets to monitor their body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate, and send the information to a doctor who can monitor the patient's health status remotely. Patients with chronic conditions can benefit from this type of technology since it can help them better control their health and contribute to better care. Healthcare practitioners can use the information to provide guidance to patients or better prepare for emergency situations.
Protect Health Data Security
Patients generally like e-health, but beyond the efficiency and quality of care, patients' key worries with digital health solutions are confidentiality and security, and they want to see the security and confidentiality of this data strengthened. With the rise in remote exchanges and cloud hosting of patient data, the development of e-health raises the risk of health data being exposed. To address cybersecurity concerns, e-health solutions will need to comply with regulatory standards and establish and enforce best practises in addition to meeting regulatory requirements.
As we've seen, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the global healthcare system, the rate at which it is becoming digitised, and the development of these patterns in 2022. The desire to satisfy patient expectations, provide quality care, and maximise care pathway coordination will encourage healthcare professionals to adopt new technologies, but it will also bring new issues, such as security and interoperability.