We should care about the future of healthcare

No matter where you work, healthcare affects us all. As one of the world’s largest industries, healthcare systems impact companies, governments, communities, and individuals.

The healthcare industry has undergone significant changes recently and continues evolving with new technology and priorities. Healthcare is a case study for other sectors developing and adapting to new technology to meet customers’ (or patients’) changing needs.

What’s the future of healthcare? Here are three things to look for:

Engaged patients and preventive care

Customers are becoming more engaged with their purchases and brands in all industries. That’s especially true in healthcare. Thanks to accessible technology like wearable devices, at-home monitoring systems, apps, and smartphones, patients have more access to their health data than ever. Caregivers increasingly use that to connect with patients outside regular office visits.

Engaging patients with their healthcare improves their behavior and health and can lead to lower costs and higher efficiency. Many providers and hospital systems use the uptick in patient engagement to monitor health more efficiently and identify risks earlier for more preventive care. The future of healthcare is less about treating issues after they grow into life-threatening challenges and more about establishing healthy habits and proactive care through technology.

Data-driven patient outcomes

Data has always been crucial to healthcare, but as the amount of data increases and our capability to analyze and leverage that data grows, the future of healthcare will see an increase in data-driven patient outcomes. We’re already seeing providers use machine learning to understand patient health better, find patterns, and diagnose issues earlier. Through predictive analytics and machine learning, providers can identify risks and accurately predict future conditions, paving the way to earlier and more effective treatments.

Data analytics also helps providers make more informed decisions and identify high-risk patients. Instead of trusting their gut or relying on limited patterns of past treatments, providers can now support their decision-making with data. Renee Ryan, CEO of Cala Health, says the growth of data will transform healthcare. She said, “My vision is to take an incredibly data-rich environment and use that data to make things better and optimize patient care and patient outcomes.”

Surgical robotics and AI surgeries

Artificial intelligence has countless applications in healthcare, especially robotics and surgeries. Many companies invest in healthcare-specific robots to assist in surgeries and procedures, take patients through rehabilitation exercises, deliver medicine and supplies, clean surfaces and hospitals, and more.

These robots expand the resources and skills available to healthcare systems and make care more accurate and accessible to many patients. Instead of putting patients through major surgeries with high risks, robots can now perform more detailed surgeries with shorter recovery times and better patient experiences. These advances aren’t something to fear and aren’t taking over healthcare—they work alongside human providers and support human decision-making for high-quality care that combines human connection with robotic precision.

All industries should monitor the healthcare field to see its evolution and growth in the coming years. With engaged patients and new technology, healthcare can transform to provide better, more accessible care.

Written by

Michelle Kaiser
Michelle Kaiser

Senior Editor | CEO.com

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