Healthcare trends connected with technology in 2021

If there is a time where different departments in the whole universe have had a hard time, that would be the past year, 2020 and still 2021, and the trend has not changed much. The arrival of the covid-19 pandemic came with different requirements that not many of us ever thought of. In a way, I feel the pandemic has come to expose the loopholes that have always been there, but we lived as if they were a regular deal that must be there. Some of the requirements that have caused people in different sectors to apply are basic health necessities that we took for granted. For example, the spacing required between people is an excellent thing as one can breathe; literally, some offices were so cramped up that even a space to walk around in was a privilege that was not available. Supplying people with sanitisers and places to wash hands is another thing that we will now install in the behaviour and the lifestyles that we will be leading. That being said, the pandemic has caused us so many losses that the way we will be able to go back to the lives we were leading before it remains a dilemma. 

Friends and families have buried so many of their loved ones that they have lost count of. The people that have had it rough, if I may say, are the healthcare personnel. Imagine taking care of others with the pandemic while also taking the necessary precaution to keep their health at bay. It has not been an easy journey, as many have lost their lives in the frontline while still doing their best to keep us okay. Even countries who thought that their healthcare system was the best have had to rethink that. As they said, necessity is the mother of invention that has had to apply. New problems call for new ways to deal with them. As it is visible, the things we used to know way before have proven ineffective, so to prevent this from re-occurring, all sectors have had to formulate new trends, and healthcare has not been left behind. The following are some of the trends that the world healthcare sectors hope and are looking forward to applying in their systems:

Innovations in infectious disease management

One thing that has had a toll on all countries is that we rarely have an allowance to create a facility to have innovations on things we can use for the highly infectious disease. We take things for granted, the illnesses that have been there before have been manageable somehow, and maybe we thought that all that will be appearing would have the same characteristics. The arrival of Covid 19 had put all countries in the world to their knees. Before they came up with a vaccine, many people had been lost, and even when they were available, so many came up with different vaccines that we don't know which ones are okay; the only thing we can take is the injections hoping that they will work. With that, almost all countries have constructed research centres that they wish to be used to come up with innovations and vaccines. This will help reduce the reliability that some of us have on others, which prolongs the length of suffering on others. I feel that the effect of Covid 19 would have been less felt if only we would all invest a lot in the innovations of healthcare systems. 

Telemedicine and online care

 Have you ever had an issue with a sick person with you, and unfortunately, their medication gets depleted at a late hour? First of all, the hour is late, and the place you get your refill is already locked. The time they are going to open up is at eight in the morning, and by that time, the time for taking medicine would have passed. This has been the order of the day in the season where Covid 19 came to us. The first months meant that most places were locked down; this prohibited the movement. Also, in the beginning, the fear made so many people close their businesses, and people did not want to go to hospitals to get their vitals checked up. Telemedicine was mainly used as people could get their prescriptions online without having to go to the hospitals. Covid has also brought about a homecare health system where the doctor in charge gives instructions to the family members on their devices. This has helped make sure that people get the care they need in the comfort of their homes. The hospitals have had an issue with the space to accommodate new patients; this has helped a long way, and there is a chance it will be adopted in the future. 

Automating healthcare processes

Covid -19 came with a requirement that transactions be done online. Physical monetary transactions would have been okay in the previous years, but the pandemic greatly discouraged them. This trend has its advantages as it also saves patients and families the worry of physically carrying large amounts of money. Billing has not been the only system that has required its upgrade in online applications; the healthcare records have also been upgraded. This makes it easy for a doctor to access a person's medical history just by clicking a button. As it is easily accessible, it also saves time as no more having to go to the record room and search for a file go through page by page. Automating healthcare processes helps centralise the information concerning a patient all in one place where any person can access it. 

Cybersecurity

Covid -19 came with a requirement that transactions be done online. Physical monetary transactions would have been okay in the previous years, but the pandemic greatly discouraged them. This trend has its advantages as it also saves patients and families the worry of physically carrying large amounts of money. Billing has not been the only system that has required its upgrade in online applications; the healthcare records have also been upgraded. This makes it easy for a doctor to access a person's medical history just by clicking a button. As it is easily accessible, it also saves time as no more having to go to the record room and search for a file go through page by page. Automating healthcare processes helps centralise the information concerning a patient all in one place where any person can access it. 

Mobile apps

Having smartphones has become a necessity for everyone alive and hoping to be relevant in our world. Any news or information that wants to be passed along the platform mainly used to convey is online. This has therefore made print media in a way outdated though we still use it. Day in day out, people develop apps to share information regarding their institutions and products. When the pandemic came, lockdowns were established. This, in turn, led to the closure of some companies resulting in the loss of jobs for some people. The idea of staying at home and with no job led a lot into depression, and they needed help to maintain their mental sanity. Considering they had no means, it implied that any method they would use would be cost-friendly. The apps available to help with mental health issues had traffic as people went there seeking help to ease their mental strain. It is, therefore, a necessity for health institutions to develop their own. The advantage of the apps is that one can personalise it to fit their medical information giving them the necessary help. 

Virtual reality

VR has become a highly adopted technology. Creating a world that appears like the one we know has been recommended in treating chronic diseases and mental illness. Being put in a world that seems like the one you fear can help deal with that feeling as the experience feels almost as if it is accurate. Apart from being used as a treatment method, it has also been used when training sessions as needed. For example, when the virus came, many healthcare workers were required to be conversant with operating ICU machines. The time to do that was not available, so hospitals applied virtual reality as their mode of instruction to facilitate this teaching quickly. Putting them in that scenario helped in their fast learning, and we all know that video modes of learning usually have a higher retention rate of the things learned. This knowledge has also been used by surgeons when training new surgeons' techniques to apply. 

Big data management

Treating a person or getting treated one's medical history is a requirement that can save a person's life. When one goes to a hospital, doctors need to be aware of any illness you might have suffered daily in your family. The allergy one has vital knowledge to know what kind of medication to offer you that will not adversely affect you. You might be asking yourself why the doctors can't do those tests and get the information themselves. We are taking a scenario where you are rushed to the hospital in a critical condition where any minute counts; this shows that the required time to do all the tests is not there. This will help if your medical history is available, and the doctor can go through it. You are having data available also helps when using insurance to prescribe and pay for hospitalisation. The better the data management of a healthcare institution is, the better the services it is likely to offer. 

Online health platforms

Most countries will have to deal with one thing once the Covid -19 surge slows down: the few medical personnel left in the hospitals. Even after defeating covid, 19 other health complications will remain, and they will call for all the personnel that will be available. Searching for qualified candidates one by one is a tiresome affair of which even the time to do that is not there. To ease in getting the candidates quickly and fast online platforms have been created where health personnel put in their details and when a required institution needs people, they go there to get some. This brings all the required people in one place, and it will solve the unemployment issue affecting most countries plus qualified, trained graduates. Going around dropping papers is expensive and considering one is already unemployed, every coin one can save a long way in keeping them. 

Wearable's

Adopting electronic devices that can be attached to a patient and relying on their vital information to the hospitals is another milestone that many healthcare institutions hope to have crossed by the year 2030. These devices are cost-effectively and patient-friendly. A patient does not need to take long trips to the hospital to get check-ups now and then. The doctors are also able to keep an eye on their patients without having to meet them physically. Considering physical contact has been discouraged recently, the less of it is there, especially to a person who is already sick with another ailment, the better, almost like hitting two birds with one stone. 

The main thing that the previous years have taught us is to learn to move with time, and the era we are in is a digital era. If we feel we are ready or not, the earlier we accept that, the easier the transition will be for everyone. 

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