Wearable technology, which is fast becoming popular with fitness enthusiasts, will become a key enabler for real-time medical care. These devices will measure everything from a person's heart rate, blood blood sugar level, activity level, diet and sleep pattern and integrate real-time with the patient's medical information. Real-time analysis of this data could alert the doctor about the patient's conditions and complications, thus avoiding scenarios where patients ignore warning signs and visit the doctor only when their conditions become severe.
With hectic life schedules, visiting doctors for routine appointments can be a challenge. Telehealth or telemedicine will become increasingly popular with patients for routine appointments. With patients connecting with their doctors via video call and being able to order prescriptions through patient portals, valuable time can be saved for both the doctor and the patient. Coupled with the adoption of wearable tech devices, virtual care can become very effective and efficient.
Patients will actively engage with their healthcare providers using patient portals and will be able to access their medical records, schedule appointments, update billing information, order prescriptions and connect virtually with their providers using audio/video conferencing. This will lead to patient empowerment and allow them to actively participate in their relationship with their health care providers.
There are usually many stakeholders in the providing medical care to patients such as physician practices, hospitals, urgent care centers, pharmacies and specialized medical centers. These stakeholders will collaborate using interoperable systems that allow different systems and applications to communicate with one another. Patient's medical records will follow them throughout the health care system and different stakeholders involved in the care of the patient will seamlessly collaborate with each other by being able to access and integrate the patient's medical information regardless of which system the data is stored in.
These new developments will change the way doctors and patients interact. Physicians who are quick to adopt these new technological trends will benefit and be able to stay ahead of the curve.