How Hospitals Will Change in the Future

9 June 2022

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The post-COVID world is set to change the entire course of our society. With many learnings from this pandemic, certain aspects of our lives today may be unrecognizable in the near future. In relation to the healthcare industry, so many changes are set to occur within the next few years. With the introduction of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Systems, this radical shift may fundamentally change the outlook of hospitals and patient care.

With an aging population and higher rate of disease projected in the near future, optimizing services for the benefit of patients and doctors has been a key step forward in the twenty-first century. As a result, these changes hope to be able to improve the public health system, preventing another catastrophe and medical emergency like what we see with the COVID-19 pandemic from ever happening again.

COVID-19 ‘Reality Check’

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The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world revealed the holes and gaps that need to be filled to sustain a proper functioning healthcare system. With the majority of countries being overwhelmed from the influx of patients, it left wards with too many patients, causing doctors to not be able to properly attend to one’s needs.

This inflexibility has led to reevaluation of healthcare systems’ overall readiness to cope with a sudden worldwide emergency. Though contingency plans were quickly put into place, these ‘short-fix’ solutions barely helped to contain the spread of the virus, as the public health surveillance programs and available infrastructures were shown as not consistently optimal. 

With this, the pandemic has now acted as a ‘transformation catalyst,’ leading to newer and more efficient models in our healthcare system. As these ideas are set to be implemented, it is of hope that these new interventions would improve the public health of citizens from all over the world.

New Focus and Emphasis on Healthcare

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The newer proposals of healthcare delivery hope to be able to put more emphasis on preventive measures, remote care, and substantial technological dependence. More specifically, specialized outpatient care centers will be more common, offering more timely treatment for all. With these new technologies in place, they help reduce the costs associated with medical care, improving patient outcomes and satisfaction as a whole as well.

Moreover, adapting medical technologies in healthcare has been seen as the way to alleviate the pressure that doctors and frontliners experienced. Coupled along with the accuracy of these tests, this gives an in-depth look into the possible illnesses that are present in the patient’s body. These ‘big data’ allow for increased response efficiency, real-time reporting, and identification of at-risk populations.

Apart from this, the introduction of telehealth and mHealth services over the course of the pandemic has allowed doctors, patients, and healthcare centers to track and talk about medical ailments. In addition, tracking the vital signs and other metrics associated with one's health allows for the analysis of one’s current status, without the need to physically consult a medical physician.

With the industry seeing increases in investments over the years, the future of healthcare looks brighter than ever, leading to better patient outcomes for all humans across the globe. As such, the shift from the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to a more sophisticated analysis of one’s genetic makeup has become the focus of modern medicine. Digitization

Seeing that digitization has taken off in the healthcare industry, has already begun to adapt to these new technological changes in the decade. Because of its Electronic Health Record (EHR), one is able to see one’s medical and test history through the use of one’s personal device. 

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