The pandemic cause massive disturbance in the healthcare industry and pushed the sector to invest more in pioneering new technology. Some of the following digital health trends gained impetus during the pandemic and are predicted to change the future of medicine.
THE INTERNET OF THING AND MEDICINE
The Internet of Things is the growing network of physical substances that contain software, sensors, and other technologies that facilitate connections and data exchanges with proportional devices and systems all over the internet.
Medical IoT is a fast-growing field that uses wearable devices, monitors, and desegregated applications for healthcare needs. With Artificial Intelligence and machine learning technology, medical IoT can offer enhanced versions of traditional medical devices, like the smart inhaler that syncs patient usage with a mobile app.
Telehealth is the delivery of health care, health education, and health information services via remote technologies. It is the use of digital communication technologies such as computers, mobile phones, and tablets, to facilitate the delivery of healthcare services. As social distancing decreased in-person visits, healthcare providers had to pivot quickly. By April 2020, over 43% of Medicare primary care visits were overseen via telehealth services.
APPS FOR EMPLOYEE FITNESS
In 2020, lockdown brought mental health challenges for people all over the world. Employers are gradually accepting that wellness apps could be helpful for their employees. Company enterprises like corporate wellness retreats, workplace yoga, and team-building events have been around for ages, but the employer-provided wellness app is a new concept compared to others.
CONTINUED UPHEAVAL IN TRANSMITTABLE DISEASE MANAGEMENT
After the COVID-19 pandemic began, it was evident just how unprepared the healthcare sector was to handle the situation. Within a few weeks, the only digital health trends worth talking about were those that sought to combat the spread of the virus.
Many countries raced to launch apps that would help governments and healthcare providers with virus testing, tracking, and monitoring. No sooner than one app was launched, another would arrive with enhanced potentialities for shorter testing times and better tracking features.
Unfortunately, it took the calamity of the pandemic to spark innovation in the healthcare industry. While there have been massive losses since the end of 2019.
There is still massive scope for improvement. But the healthcare industry is taking innovation seriously, focusing on creating a better future and greater health impartiality for everyone.