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Health Care Technology Trends and Digital Innovations in 2022


Health Care Technology Trends and Digital Innovations in 2022

The health care industry continues to adopt new technologies and concepts in order to create efficiencies and provide better, more accessible care at lower costs to both the patient and the healthcare provider. In 2022, we’ll see even more digital innovations developed with the end user in mind, including those that use wearables, virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain technology among others. These trends will help health care providers deliver better care while reducing costs across the board, resulting in better patient outcomes overall.

Mobile Apps

For most consumers, health care is still a setting found at a physical location – whether that’s a doctor’s office or hospital. But over time, that will change. Mobile apps are expected to play an increasingly vital role in health care delivery by 2022, helping patients manage chronic conditions at home and providing health advice directly to patients via smartphones or smartwatches. In fact, one forecast expects mobile apps to account for nearly half of all U.S. digital health spending by then (relative to less than 15 percent today).

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2021 is predicted to be a year of immense innovation for wearable technology, or wearables as they are commonly known. Wearables have already become a $30 billion industry, surpassing console sales and has already overtaken smartwatches. This figure is projected to more than double by 2022 as we make our health care increasingly more digital. Wearable devices like fitness trackers will also be used not only for their original purpose (monitoring your movements) but also as diagnostic tools monitoring vital signs. As healthcare transitions from reactive towards preventative medicine, wearable technology will play an even bigger role in keeping us healthy. We can look forward to more advanced devices that monitor blood pressure, stress levels and other physical signs of illness with greater precision over time than ever before.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence.

Healthcare is becoming more reliant on artificial intelligence. From IBM’s Watson to new mobile applications that make it easier for users to track their daily activity, doctors will have a multitude of new tools at their disposal by 2022. These technologies are designed to improve patient outcomes and provide better access to healthcare services across all demographics. Expect more patients than ever before being treated with robotic doctors by leveraging artificial intelligence from these digital innovations within the health technology space in 2022.

Connected Devices

The Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to grow, with 5.6 billion connected devices expected by 2022. This has big implications for healthcare, as it makes remote monitoring increasingly feasible and accessible, helping patients stay healthy or managing chronic conditions. In addition to enabling better communication between doctors and patients, IoT is also poised to change how medical professionals educate future practitioners. For example, 3D visualization tools are already being used in conjunction with augmented reality to help students learn anatomy or dissect complicated medical images on a virtual cadaver. 3D printing offers similar benefits by making patient-specific anatomy models readily available for study.

The Cloud Will Continue To Transform Health Care In General

The cloud will continue to transform health care as a whole, but it will also create huge opportunities for small-to-medium sized clinics. Cloud computing will make these smaller health care organizations much more capable of competing with larger hospitals and healthcare systems. By investing in IT solutions, like an online appointment scheduling software or an online patient portal, smaller health clinics can give themselves a major edge over their competitors while simultaneously increasing their revenue. The cloud will significantly cut down on start-up costs, which means that even smaller clinics can afford to buy into new digital technologies and services right away. This could eventually cause large hospitals and medical facilities to experience significant drops in patients if they don’t upgrade quickly enough to compete with local clinics equipped with top of the line tech systems.

Data Analytics (the Internet of Medical Things)

We’re already experiencing exponential growth in digital health, thanks to advancements in electronic medical records (EMRs), mobile devices, wearable technology, and data analytics. But all of that pales when compared to what’s ahead. Expect a massive increase—as much as 12-fold by some estimates—in digital medical devices by 2022, from roughly 21 billion today to nearly 245 billion. That’s powered by not only advancements in technology but also a greater focus on patient engagement (the Internet of Medical Things) through things like digital coaching and remote monitoring for chronic conditions. The data analytics tied to these devices will grow exponentially too: By 2022, 5 trillion healthcare data points will be generated each day with 90% attributed to IoT-enabled connected devices.

New Models Of Patient Engagement And Wellness Sharing

Every health care company needs to find a way to leverage patient data, but most patients aren’t comfortable sharing that data. That makes it difficult for companies to develop solutions to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, improve patient outcomes and build up robust data sets they can use to develop new treatments. But as consumers become more comfortable with digital technology, wellness sharing could become even more popular. Patients may opt into a program where their medical records are stored online or with a service provider—and available for doctors when needed—in exchange for rewards like reduced co-pays or gift cards. The healthcare industry also needs new models of patient engagement that have been proven by other industries, such as weight loss programs that offer clients individualized plans designed around their specific goals.

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