In the past few years, healthcare has seen an explosion of innovations. The industry is at an exciting juncture right now. Significant advancements made in medical research and technology have improved the patient experience and made it easier for medical personnel to provide more efficient care.
The industry is on the brink of immense change. Paper files in healthcare facilities have been replaced by electronic health records (EHRs), helping patients access their medical data online. Now the question arrives — what’s next waiting for doctors and patients in the healthcare technological realm?
We have listed a few changes that are likely to occur in primary care over the next decade.
1. Doctors will rely on wearables for real-time insights
Wearable technology measures everything from a person’s activity level to heart rate and even sleep patterns and is quite popular among fitness enthusiasts. As technology becomes more efficient, it may soon play a big role in the medical community, helping doctors with access to real-time health information.
Wearable technology is set to take the patient-doctor experience to new levels. Using wearables, patients are already monitoring their health by measuring respiratory rate, heart rate and calories. The next step is to plug this data into their medical records. This will provide doctors with a deep understanding of what activities patients are involved in and how they affect their health.
Not just this, wearable technology could even inform the doctor when the patient was facing any complications, helping the patient recover faster and with lower treatment costs, as less drastic measures would be needed then.
2. Waiting rooms will be phased out
As per the studies, patients felt frustrated by wait times. With online check-ins, the waiting room experience has become a lot streamlined and is expected to be more efficient or even disappear in the future. Filling pre-visit forms online along with data transmitted from wearables can give doctors most of the patient’s health information in advance. This may speed up the entire process and even reduce or eliminate the need for waiting rooms.
3. A lot of visits will happen virtually
A visit to the doctor’s office for a routine check-up can take a lot of patients’ time. With telemedicine, patients can now connect with doctors via video call and order their medicines through patient portals, saving a decent chunk of their day.
Telemedicine is expected to increase over the next decade. Doctors can also interact with their patients, especially those with minor ailments.
It’s clear that a lot of developments are taking place in the healthcare industry and will change the way doctors and patients interact. Over the next decade, patients are likely to not only embrace new technology, but will also look for physicians who are using it. Adopting technological developments in the field will help medical personnel stay ahead of the competition.