Trends in 2020: Positve Advancements and Innovations
In recent months, companies that were previously seeing slow growth in their telemedicine projects have experienced an acceleration that we can hardly keep up with.
In the coming years, virtual care will be one of the most powerful driver trends of change.
Although complaints about the high costs of healthcare and the burnout of healthcare providers during the pandemic persist, few innovations have been as effective in driving change as telehealth current directions.
According to studies by Mordor Intelligence, the global telemedicine market will be worth more than $65 billion by 2021.
However, telemedicine is not only changing the healthcare landscape; it is also constantly evolving.
As healthcare providers move from empirical consultations to adopting correct, trendier, and more evidence-based solutions, they are searching for ways to obtain more accurate diagnoses and standardized care plans.
Hospitals and practices are leveraging technology to improve clinical outcomes, which has fueled the development of more sophisticated technology. This, in turn, has led healthcare leaders to explore how to maximize the full potential of virtual care and teleconsultation trends.
As provider demand and telemedicine ingenuity converge, the latest directions and developments are reshaping the virtual landscape in 2020.
Breakneck Adoption: “Embracing New Telemedicine Trends to Improve Technical and Operational Protocols”
Hospital areas have been overburdened like never before in 50 years and bureaucratic barriers to care are proving deadly for patients.
That’s why those who adopt new advancements in early digitalized models of patient clinical information management and administrative processes will save more lives.
In this regard, Mexico still has a significant debt to Electronic Health Record and HIS systems. Ironically, retail clinics such as Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens in the U.S. are adopting these trendy technologies at a faster rate.
It seems non-traditional healthcare providers, such as pharmacies and other players, will also be quick to adopt these technologies and new directions and pick up the slack left by hospitals and traditional providers.
In the early years of telemedicine, clinics often hired staff from outside who were unfamiliar with their technical and operational protocols. However, many have since realized the disadvantages of this approach and are now opting to upgrade their own staff through training and education.
For the first time, we are seeing vertical growth trends in healthcare, whereas most growth strategies have previously focused on expanding the coverage of infrastructure.
With the increase in local demand, healthcare providers can now expand their capabilities vertically, seeking to provide comprehensive care within their own facilities, including virtual care walls of hospital centers.
Hospital at home
To reduce readmission rates, providers are increasingly using telehealth to optimize patient transitions after hospital discharge.
Collaborating with home health nurses, checking medication adherence, and making timely follow-up appointments can ensure patients receive the support and resources they need.
Involving caregivers in virtual visits is a usual trend that can also help providers better understand their patients’ recovery and determine when a medication change or other intervention may be necessary to bring a patient back to normal.
EMS is on the front lines of saving lives, and now major hospitals are employing telehealth to connect paramedics with intensivists, neurologists, or cardiologists for fast, expert care.
With medical events such as a stroke or heart attack, immediate intervention is a current trend that can make the difference between life or death or a partial or full recovery.
Teleparamedicine helps connect patients and the paramedics caring for them with the best specialists before patients are admitted to an ambulance.
Paramedics can also determine whether a lower-specialty destination may be more appropriate for an individual’s needs, thereby reducing costs and avoidable transports.
In the search for ways to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) trends into healthcare technologies, telehealth leaders are creating tools that translate data into meaningful medical information.
Providers will be able to better predict future outcomes, such as
- the likelihood of cancer
- stroke or mobility disorders
- cardiac events.
In turn, physicians will be able to develop earlier and more accurate treatment plans that have the greatest impact on the outcome of the condition.
Signs of change.
As a company dedicated to the digital transformation of healthcare in Mexico, and being pioneers of telemedicine innovations, we are equipped with all the technologies described above to a greater or lesser extent.
From image storage systems that were among our first products, we have now added to our range of solutions:
- electronic medical records
- hospital management systems
- recently, artificial intelligence systems that will allow us to make a diagnosis in 30 seconds (breaking our own record of 30 minutes, making us the fastest provider in the market).
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Written by: Ulises Bacilio
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