Trend 2: Telehealth
Telehealth refers to using digital communication concepts and devices like mobile phones, tablets, and computers to provide healthcare services. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become one of the most sought and popular healthcare trends that have enabled people to avail of high-quality medical facilities quickly and with fewer efforts.
As physical and face-to-face person visits declined, healthcare providers became burdened with this massive disruption in the medical sector. They had the task of delivering their services without dropping their quality and utilizing their limited resources. And that is where the telecom healthcare trends took a steep rise and acted as a sound way out of this limitation.
According to an article by MobiDev, around 43% of the total primary healthcare visits got conducted online via telehealth platforms in 2020. And we can estimate this growth to reach about 185.6 billion dollars by 2026.
Once the lockdowns and social distancing got introduced, people now prefer telehealth services over long-distance journeys and person-to-person physical interactions. It is helping them save time, money, and energy as they can avail the same service with less effort. Thus, it is clear that this healthcare trend isn’t going anywhere for a long time.
Trend 3: AR and VR implementation
AR and VR can also help address the rising concern for mental health treatment and prevent suicide rates in various countries. These devices and applications are especially helpful in dealing with healthcare practices and implementing services for the customer to feel good in no time and with minimum effort.
In a survey report, MMWR displayed that from August 2020 to February 2021 (the COVID-19 Pandemic Phase), the mental health symptoms grew from 36.4 to 41.5 percent in those around 18 to 29 years of age. And the number of untreated cases rose from 9.2 to 11.7 percent, thus creating pressure to provide better and more efficient treatment in this direction (mostly anxiety and depression).
And by relying on AR and VR, patients can now get immediate and high-quality care for their emotional and mental well-being at home. They can participate in a set of online training and undergo artificial simulation and fully immersive experiences to tackle their PTSD conditions, depressive and manic episodes, and anxiety attacks. And it can also help them to open up about their conditions as technology like augmented, virtual, and mixed reality in caring for mental health will help break the stigma attached to it and make people more empathetic to each other’s suffering.
Trend 4: IoT and Medicine
According to IoT Analytics, IoT experienced a worldwide growth of 8% in 2021 with 12.2 billion active connections. And we are estimating it to grow around 18% at the end of 2022 with 14.4 billion active endpoints. As a result, the collaboration of IoT with medicine is one of the most beneficial healthcare trends these days.
The concept of IoT (Internet of Things) has allowed healthcare experts and providers to connect more with patients and gain an in-depth understanding of their conditions and issues. They have become more watchful of the patient’s health and wellness by addressing them more proactively and sympathetically.
And data collected by IoT applications and devices helps doctors and nurses to get closer to the patient’s condition and, thus, formulate and come up with the best solution to administer the treatment for a speedy recovery. It is helping the customers recover quicker with sustaining minimum suffering and allowing physicians to deliver their best services and reach expected outcomes with fewer efforts.
Trend 5: AI-based innovation in communicable disease management
These days, using AI to monitor and prevent infectious diseases is constantly increasing due to the need to be safe during physical and person-to-person interaction and working or staying outside our houses for any purpose.
By setting up complex AI models to replicate the pattern of communicable disease infection and their behavioral patterns once they interact with the human population, we can find solid and effective cures for fighting them and preventing them from becoming deadly diseases.
Through the information generated from these AI-based innovative tools, we can detect any satellite patients harboring silent symptoms of any communicable disease, trace the earliest signs of the said condition in masses, and find suitable cures and vaccination to curb their spreading and prevent mass death and loss of life in future.
Quality Assurance tips for implementing the healthcare trends
Here are some helpful QA (Quality Assurance) hints and tips that address the challenges of healthcare trends and how we can contribute to their better growth and implementation:
1) Addressing the versatile needs of multiple customers.
We can deploy suitable holistic software to address the versatile requirements of multiple customers simultaneously. It should be able to record and access the patient data, address their specific needs, and maintain an interactive session with the stakeholders, investors, and the medical staff to distribute and conduct healthy practices and build a trustworthy relationship between patients and healthcare providers administration.
2) Boosting the transformation of modern healthcare trends.
We can boost the transformation of modern healthcare trends through a series of testing that addresses the elements of multiple healthcare applications. And by including the verification of medical workflows through IHE (Integrated Health Enterprise), we can also share valuable information and improve the working process.
Here is a list of QA healthcare testing that can help us accelerate the growth and development of vital medical services:
- Functional Testing - Addressing the operational capacity and efficiency of healthcare services and applications and generating ideas to enhance workflow.
- Conformance Testing - Measuring the security requirements like HIPAA and FDA conditions to verify service safety protocols.
- Interoperability Testing - Measuring the interoperability (CCD/CDA, DICOM, NCPDP, FHIR, HL7) through industry-standard applications to test the security levels during data exchange and regulation.
- Load and Performance Testing - Testing the healthcare applications through load and performance benchmarks to verify their quality and performance results.
- Platform Testing - Rigorous testing of software on the computer and mobile platforms to measure their effectiveness and cross-browser compatibility.
- Medical Imaging Testing - Verifying the accuracy and security of various medical imaging applications through specialized test automation tools.
- Security Testing - Forming a test case scenario with security and safety as the priority.
- Integration Testing - Dealing with suitable test cases to ensure the functions are integrated as per the customer story.
- Database Testing - Inspecting the database to verify the data inserted matches the work history and respective events.
- User Interface Testing - Executing cases to assure the subject that their demands will get fulfilled.
3) Strengthen QA practices and introduce next-gen QA.
We can further boost the growth and influence of the healthcare trends by focusing intensely on satisfying the needs and demands of the consumers and conducting a trustworthy and flawless customer journey and experience. And for this, we can introduce efficient and highly-automated QA practices and testing to address complex issues and secure data flow.
By maintaining the standard of QA practices, we can further enhance the workflow balance at the team and company levels and help reach relevant results quicker. And if we also work on simultaneously introducing next-gen QA through AI and ML, we can stay one step ahead in the market. It will allow us to contribute to the development and enhancement of the overall service efficiency, work flexibility, better utilization of human and technical resources, and reduce risks and possible failures.
What can we expect in the future?
Today, the hype around metadata and virtual social reality experience has generated an emotional connection across people of different ages. Combining healthcare trends with modern technology and making it more ubiquitous and accessible has helped everyone avail of the best services cost-efficient and effortlessly.
Whether it be the elderly who can reach out to doctors and reliable facilities/centers to help them regain parts of their suppressed memories, the young aged people receiving treatment through mixed reality to battle their mental health issues, or instant medication and medical care for any health destress in the young ones, data and tech implementation in this field are tremendously accelerating our well-being. Combining healthcare trends with modern technology and making it more ubiquitous and accessible has helped everyone avail of the best services cost-efficient and effortlessly.
And that’s not at all; we can expect more changes, exploration, and innovative experimentation in domains like bioprinting (keeping organs alive outside the body) and organ care (taking care of organs outside our bodies) technology. It is possible that in the future, AI will be able to assist doctors in determining whether an organ preserved outside the body for more extended periods is suitable for transplantation.
While ideas like bioprinting have been practiced before, with no successful results, they may become mainstream in the coming days through experiments, clinical testing, and utilizing modern technology in medicine and healthcare.
Though the list ended here, it is not exhaustive. Perhaps, more healthcare trends will pop up and sweep the world by storm within the next couple of years. As we know, trends do not go away; they only upgrade and take an advanced form. The same is for these healthcare trends. What we see today would be a more refined and organized setup tomorrow.
Nowadays, the field of medicine and health are taking science and innovation seriously and implementing technological advantages to boost their service’s performance and availability. While there is plenty of scope for improvement and development, every person and investor involved in this domain isn’t leaving any stone untouched to provide better health facilities and equity to everyone.
And the day isn’t far from when we will have ubiquitous access to reliable and sound healthcare services that will help shape our future.
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