In the 21st century, we have experienced some outstanding milestones in medicines like mRNA vaccine technology and ART for HIV treatment to prolong an individual’s lifespan. Covid-19 has taught us that diseases do not come with warming, and we need to be better equipped with our healthcare system.
Did you know that hundreds of people die merely due to easily diagnosed conditions like cold and flu in many countries? We as a globe suffer from drawbacks due to our healthcare system’s gaps.
However, this field is dynamic and is ever-evolving. Some say that hospitals and the health care system’s face will change shortly. This current situation is between a physician and many patients, but this dimension will change to patient-centered care in years to come.
What are the changes to expect?
Teleconsultation And Technology
During the lockdown, many of us stayed home, and therefore, we did miss our routine check-ups. Teleconsultation will be an ideal medium, and that with the help of video consultation, it will help you contact your physician wherever you are. An email will provide the opportunity to print out prescriptions and reports. You will have your card system, which will account for all your hospital-related transactions.
There will be a breakthrough technology that will enable you to conduct blood tests at home using your smartphone. By just pouring a drop of blood onto the adaptor that connects to your phone, you will instantly get your results.
Just like you book a flight seat, you will make all your bookings digitally. This new system will discard the need for waiting rooms and long queues. Did you realize it’s going to save ample time? Imagine traveling for hours to meet your doctor and returning without the doctor attending to you. Online bookings will keep unnecessary travel and, most importantly, unnecessary visits and crowds.
Use Of Artificial Intelligent
AI has great potential in medicine. The interaction between patients and artificial intelligence programs will potentially overtake patients’ and doctors’ interactions. A smartphone is a potential candidate for AI, and with this, you could get all the help just with a click of a button. AI tech will customize medicines, tests, and therapies just for you.
A modern interior décor will change the entire setup. Hospital is a place that experiences mixed emotions. Some are happy for a new child’s birth, while others weep for their loved ones’ death. In this scenario, customizing the look according to the situation will be a classic experience for the staff and patients. It is predicted that walls will be screens that keep changing their backgrounds and optimize themselves according to the patients living.
Currently, the system involves just one hospital that branches into various sections. Shortly, there are going to be two types of hospitals. One that will care for the critically ill will be in medical centers in the urban areas. Critical surgeries, intensive care, emergencies are going to be in these centers.
Simultaneously, the other hospital will be a suburban one that will cater to the patients’ general needs. Routine check-ups, mild admissions, diagnostics, and tests will be taken care of by this one.
The number of hospitals will rise as they will be more customized to serve one related condition: neurodegenerative diseases or cardiovascular disorders. In such a situation, patients will no longer have to stress shifting hospitals.
Also, this is going to open doors for better care, treatment, diagnosis, and prevention. A lot of employment opportunities will also be on the rise. It will strengthen the core of the health care system as there will be a clear distinction between various specialists, and there will be transparency in the treatment a patient receives.
Health Care Professionals
Future doctors will train with newer equipment like robotics and digitalization. Future surgeons will need to be proficient in digital technologies and robotics along with their medical practice.
There are yet many areas where improvisation will occur. New drug and vaccine technologies will make us better prepared to overcome emerging diseases. Artificial intelligence, information technology, and bioinformatics are potential candidates to change the way hospitals will operate in the future. Having this grand vision is what keeps the healthcare professionals going.