We all know how frustrating last year was. But, would you believe if you heard COVID-19 did some good too?
COVID-19 did it in a few months which entrepreneurs, activists, and doctors could not accomplish in years: design a healthcare system that actually thinks, cares, and works for the patients instead health insurance companies.
Before that, the term “patient-centered” was only heard, never realized.
Technology Being the Secret Sauce
While COVID stole the limelight for making healthcare “patient-centered”, it was technology that made it possible. In 2021, healthcare will be mostly based on technology. Here are some predictions for this year:
- The demand for telemedicine will continue to rise. If not for the pandemic, the concept of telemedicine would not have been so popular. With convenience at every step, telemedicine is here to stay and rule.
- Remote patient monitoring system will improve. It will not only prevent the patients from the burden of unnecessary paperwork every time they visit a doctor but will also help providers offer seamless treatment.
- Once again, machine learning and artificial intelligence will be in the driving seat.
It is worth saying that though it feels like COVID has taken us back to 2010, seeing what technology has done for healthcare in these few months, it sure feels like 2030.