Medical institutions have resources to assist relieve some of the burden on overworked, stressed-out physicians, nurses, and staff and many of them come in the form of technological advancements that have the potential to revolutionize how we offer care in the future.
There are no simple solutions to the healthcare labor shortage. However, there are resources that medical institutions and their teams can tap into to help relieve some of the pressure on overworked, stressed-out physicians, nurses, and staff – and many of them come in the form of technological advancements that have the potential to change how we provide care in the future.
Here are five (5) healthcare technological advancement predictions to expect in 2023.
Prediction 1: More ideas to combat burnout are on the way.
Burnout has been a concern for healthcare workers for a long time, but Covid-19 made it worse. Indeed, 79 percent of radiologists, neurologists, cardiologists, and critical care specialists who claim they are burned out today were equally burned out before the epidemic. An excess of administrative chores and the “data flood” required to track and follow-up with patients — a long-standing issue exacerbated by the tidal wave of patients suffering from Covid-19.
Fortunately, technological advancements are easing the load. Clinicians may unearth the information and insights needed to properly treat their patients using new and enhanced algorithms that swiftly and efficiently analyze mounds of patient data while also reducing certain repetitive activities. We’re working to use data, analytics, and AI to first generate insights, and then use those insights to automate repetitive operations and increase workflow efficiencies, whether it’s a device, department, or enterprise-wide process. We believe that by implementing such technology and software, we may achieve a 30% increase in inefficiency. Even in overburdened emergency departments, doctors can better manage patient flow, giving clinicians more time to conduct the work for which they were trained.
Prediction 2: Clinicians will decide which AI tools are right for them.
Continuing from the previous point, advances in data analytics and artificial intelligence are providing clinicians and support workers with a plethora of new tools to help them complete their tasks more efficiently. However, is it true that they are doing their job?
The learning curve, as with any new technology, can be severe at times. According to a recent survey, slightly less than half of the AI technologies being studied by radiologists that could directly help patient care increased the number of exams a radiologist can conduct in a given period.
Clinicians are looking for technologies that fit smoothly into their existing processes, save screen time, and make data entry easier. I guess that they will embrace those AI resources that perform admirably – such as deep-learning image reconstruction technology included in an MR device that provides high-quality resolution and faster scan times – while ignoring others that do not.
In ’22, the winning AI technologies will emerge, and their impact will be enormous.
Prediction 3: Technological advances will erase many disparities in healthcare.
Health disparity has long been a problem in the United States, as many persons from impoverished or historically oppressed groups are more likely to have poor health outcomes.
People of color, American Indians, and Alaska Natives, for example, have had the greatest hospitalization rates with Covid-19 since its inception. Fears of getting the virus, as well as the lack of health insurance, resulted in a dramatic reduction in the number of cancer and other disease screenings.
As a result, these missed screening sessions or delays have likely had a negative influence on early detection and diagnosis, increasing deaths or severe sickness.
But, once again, technology is on the scene to save the day, with breakthroughs that promise to make health equity a reality for almost everyone by opening up new care options. Telehealth exploded in 2020 as a result of necessity, but it is now millions of people’s preferred delivery method.
Prediction 4: Precision medicine will enhance medical results dramatically.
With technology that assists identify and preventinging disease, the sector has made significant progress. In 2022, genomics — the study of a person’s genes or DNA — will take center stage, as tools and procedures for treating diseases and disorders based on a person’s genetic fingerprint, environment, and lifestyle become available.
As a result, we will be able to replace the one-size-fits-all approach to medicine with precise treatment solutions that will greatly enhance patient outcomes by overhauling historical care delivery methods.
Second, the utilization of multi-modal data, such as genetic information, imaging, digital pathology, and other multi-modal data, would allow for early and precise identification of disease status and progression, resulting in more effective medicines at a reduced cost. The existing reimbursement models, particularly in the United States, are one of the hurdles of moving diagnostics upstream.
In 2022, the value-based care paradigm will be accelerated by the demand for and effectiveness of upstream diagnostics and medicines.
While healthcare providers have been overwhelmed, with or without the epidemic, there is hope and assistance on the horizon. As healthcare technology advances, so will the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of the millions of people who dedicate their lives to helping others.