Recent developments, including COVID-19, have presented new challenges for medical professionals. Going forward, most experts agree that the use of advanced technology will not just be more convenient, but an absolute necessity in the coming years. Both healthcare and technology comprise massive segments of the U.S. economy and have great potential when it comes to improving outcomes for patients and providers.
Increase in Virtual Access
As healthcare services have become increasingly in-demand as time has gone on, healthcare providers have considered expanding access through physical locations and in-person interactions. However, the cost of physical expansion can be quite expensive and developments in communications and laboratory technology make it unnecessary in many instances. As computers, phones, and internet access are becoming more prolific among the general population, communicating with patients virtually is a very flexible way to deliver care and reduces administrative hassle.
The ballooning cost of healthcare services in the United States has resulted in private insurers and CMS reducing how much they reimburse hospitals and other facilities. As such, revenue for increasingly more expensive procedures is being reduced, requiring some sort of strategy to stay afloat. Advances in technology can provide potential relief; in particular, robotics. As doctors will no longer have to be present for certain procedures, resource strain will become less of a problem. AI technology will also be useful for accurately diagnosing patients. In addition, evolution in analytics will provide an excellent way to solve a myriad of logistical and administrative issues, ultimately resulting in cost savings.
Increasing Contentment of Patients and Clinicians
Due to the previous limitations of healthcare being delivered through mostly in-person interaction, maximizing the satisfaction of patients and clinicians was impossible. However, advances in technology allow for patient needs to be met with a greater degree of specificity. Logistical issues that frequently cause mental health issues for healthcare professionals and create workplace strain can also be better addressed. Mental exhaustion due to an overload of work and administrative inefficiencies is extremely common and can lead to either poor performance or staff shortages. Improvements in analytics provide an avenue by which resources can be more efficiently used, giving healthcare professionals more room to breathe and letting them do work they perceive to be a better use of their time.