It seems like new technological advancements in the healthcare sector are released every now and then, which makes keeping up a struggle. From basics like telehealth equipment and updated medical devices to major advancements like artificial intelligence, healthcare technology continues to change – and it’ll continue to impact organizations.
A new survey from IMEG Corp. and Trans-Western, “The Convergence of Healthcare Delivery in the U.S.,” talked with healthcare leaders about where the industry is headed and how technology will continue to play a significant role in all aspects of care delivery – even real estate and physical location.
When asked what health-care delivery will look like in next couple of years, most experts emphasized the increasing importance of telehealth and digital medicine in changing how patients and service providers interact.
“We will definitely continue to see healthcare take lessons from the retail and hospitality side with regards to the patient experience,” said an anonymous executive from a large Chicago health system. “Home health care will continue to grow, and delivery outside the traditional exam room and hospital room is something we will consider more”, he added.
New types of facilities:
One of those new methods of delivery? Microhospitals. Drastic technological improvements will allow more specialty care to be delivered in micro-hospitals, which are smaller neighborhood facilities that can customize care to the specific needs of the communities where they’re located.
Rather than depending upon one hospital building to be the center of healthcare for a community, healthcare leaders predict care settings will spread to retail spaces, acute care clinics or patients’ homes.
These new care delivery facilities will also change how spaces are designed since technology and efficiency will be emphasized.
Non-medical devices like wearable sports monitors and voice-activated devices like Amazon’s Echo may allow care to move to outpatient settings and decrease the number of patients receiving direct care from hospitals.
Although you may not have much control over your health system’s real estate investments, make it clear that adaptability and flexibility of new technology will be the game changers.
Consider introducing pilot programs to see if microhospitals or other smaller care settings would be successful in your region, or partner with smaller hospitals in the area to increase the service offerings. Also, make sure you’re consistently investing in innovative solutions to stay ahead of your competitors.