In 2022, what can we expect in terms of new technologies and healthcare trends?
Rapid advancements in healthcare delivery and lower-cost cellular communications, on the other hand, have brought optimism that cost-effective remedies could improve the status quo. While it's difficult to see the bright side of a pandemic, COVID-19 helped hasten the development of some medical technologies and processes.
Let's look at four developing trends for 2022 that might enhance patient care, lower costs, and expand healthcare access.
Patient monitoring through the internet
RPM (remote patient monitoring) is a subset of telemedicine that represents the future of healthcare, depending on a variety of devices such as implantables, blood pressure cuffs, and sensors to gather data passively. RPM is mostly utilised with patients who have been discharged from the hospital, as well as in the interim between ordinary office visits.
RPM technology can convey, store, and attract attention to data submitted by the user. The data may then be accessed, reviewed, and acted upon by physicians.
Patients may also use RPM to produce their own data, such as their medical history, biometric data, symptoms, and lifestyle information. RPM's continued growth has increased the volume and variety of patient-generated health data available.
Internet of Things
The phrase Internet of Things (IoT) is another technical buzzword that has been widely propagated in the media, similar to Big Data. It is a system of linked digital devices that gather, store, and transmit data through a digital network without the help of humans or computers. RPM, as well as gadgets, linked inhalers, and contact lenses, are examples of IoT.
IoT-based healthcare may make health systems more efficient and enhance population health measurements, as well as making healthcare delivery safer and more effective. IoT has the potential to expedite and enhance healthcare, according to the authors of a paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Therapeutics in the digital age
DTx is a digital health sector that includes technology, goods, and services from the healthcare and wellness sectors. Evidence-based behavioural treatments offered online and enabled by software that can improve healthcare accessibility and efficacy, as well as prevent, manage, or treat illnesses, were coined in 2015. To improve patient care, DTx is used with medications and equipment.
DTx systems track blood sugar levels, drug regimes, nutrition, and exercise to provide a comprehensive picture of a patient's health to their doctor. In other words, these metrics may give you a good idea of how people live and what they do on a daily basis. Behavioral adjustments for diabetes control and tailored therapy for depression and anxiety are two examples.