The Future of Healthcare

The healthcare landscape is already transforming and changing. What trends and innovations do we have to look forward to?

There are plenty of trends in healthcare that can influence its transformation. The factors listed are just three of the many things contributing to driving change in healthcare. Overall, healthcare is moving in a direction with greater emphasis on efficiency and the patient experience.

Growing consumerism in healthcare
Just as industries like hospitality and entertainment are catering to the customer experience, healthcare as a whole is starting to appeal to patients. In fact, according to Healthcare IT News, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute said consumerism would be a main driver of change in healthcare. Specifically, the HRI predicts this trend will lead to revenue growth.

As Healthcare Finance explained, this switch comes amid consumer demand for convenient and fast service in healthcare – just like they get at restaurants or while shopping. In order to stay ahead of the competition, healthcare systems have responded by streamlining billing processes, enhancing quality of care and engaging patients in health decisions.

Increased focus on behavioral health
Mental health is shedding its stigmas as more people realize its prevalence. As Ben Isgur, director at HRI, explained to Healthcare Dive, employers are seeing the importance of focusing on behavioral health.

“They’re starting to see the connection between behavioral health and their employees’ total health,” he said.

This new, more accepting culture of mental health may mean more individuals become comfortable seeking professional medical attention for behavioral health issues. Additionally, workplaces may emphasize stress-free strategies in their wellness programs.

Greater digitization
Healthcare consumers and providers can expect greater digitization, especially when it comes to electronic health records. According to Transparency Market Research, the EHR global market was worth $15.56 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach $23.98 billion by 2020. Use of mobile devices that allow providers to work on the go may also gain popularity thanks to this trend’s advantages for efficiency.