The healthcare industry has undergone almost a complete transformation within just two years. While some changes were forced into action by the COVID-19 pandemic, the natural progression of technological advancement served as a catalyst for others.
Regardless of what sparked the changes and emerging trends, the future of healthcare would not be possible without advancing technology. In order to help healthcare facilities create a better patient experience and streamline their operations, we’re going to share some of the top healthcare technology trends to watch out for in 2022.
1. Virtual care will continue to rise in popularity
Telemedicine and virtual healthcare rose in popularity due to COVID-19 in 2020, but has remained a popular option for convenience and accessibility reasons. This requires healthcare facilities to have strong, cloud-based video conferencing systems that patients can access from the comfort of their home, most likely via a smartphone or tablet. Portals should be set up to accommodate large patient volumes while maintaining performance and strong connections.
2. Automation to combat staffing challenges
Many healthcare organizations are facing staffing challenges, especially in areas where COVID cases remain high. Automating tasks where possible can take the burden off of staff. For example, patients can leverage software to find doctors and set up appointments when they are in need of care. It can also automate the post-discharge outreach messages for follow-up care and to ensure patients understand their instructions.
3. Remote patient monitoring for better patient comfort
Technology is emerging that allows patients to spend more of their recovery time at home and less time in hospitals or care facilities. Not only does this make more beds available for critical patients, it helps keep patients comfortable and relaxed at home. With wireless digital devices connected to communication tools and databases, healthcare professionals can check in on their patients and monitor them to determine if further care is needed.
4. Wireless technology for a safer and more efficient workplace
Wireless devices are not only more convenient for healthcare facilities, they create a safer work environment. In a busy place like a hospital where devices need to travel from room to room quickly, wires create tripping hazards; plus, it can delay care when healthcare professionals need to spend time plugging devices in and connecting them with wires.
5. Digital displays for patient education and entertainment
Dynamic digital displays are becoming more popular because of the profound effect they have on the patient experience. They can help educate patients during waiting periods or during the check-in process, providing information visually and in a variety of languages. They also can be used for games, puzzles, and videos to entertain patients during their stay, which is especially helpful in pediatric units.
6. Remote translation services
Many healthcare facilities are making an effort to serve patients in their preferred languages. Having an on-demand remote translator join the appointment via video conferencing creates better communication without the delays of having to bring in an on-site translator.
This list only scratches the surface of healthcare technology trends, as we expect to see more emerge and take shape over the next year. However, these five are a great place to start for healthcare organizations looking to improve their patient experience through AV/VC technology. For more information or a consultation of how these can apply to your specific organization, contact the team at IVCi today.