The Future of Global Healthcare
Over the past few years, medicine has been developing at a rapid pace. Future technologies, people’s particular attention to their health, scientific research, and discoveries set the trends in the development of the industry. Among them, there are several main directions in which the health care of future will move. Each of them is aimed at improving the lives of patients and facilitating the work of a doctor.
Digital technologies lay the foundation for increasing the efficiency of health systems, increasing the ability to track health indicators, and improving the quality and safety of treatment through the use of artificial intelligence and personalized medicine. Every year, the market for digital technologies in healthcare increases by a quarter (Rosa, 2017). The rapid growth rate is due to the active support from states because digitalization can significantly reduce healthcare costs in general.
Another major trend in the development of healthcare is the focus on the patient. It is based not on the medical institution and individual doctors but on the needs of patients, the quality of the treatment, the comfort of their stay, and the achievement of the therapy’s specific goals (Rosa, 2017). In fact, this is a separate area of healthcare development. In it, a patient is a full-fledged person, in which it is essential to see not only the state of health but also psychological and social features.
The active digitalization of medicine has led to the availability of massive data on patients, specific cases of diseases, and treatment histories. Thus, it is predicted that by 2025 the volume of medical data will be one zettabyte (Schwalbe & Wahl, 2020). The presence of such a large amount of data provides a reasonable basis for analyzing and displaying statistics. This information will also allow you to make informed decisions about the choice of the most effective methods of diagnosis and treatment of a particular patient and make medical forecasts, and how to organize care in general.
Thus, it can be concluded that the future of global healthcare in the coming years will be based on the development of new technologies. These technologies will facilitate the work of medical personnel and provide more effective treatment for patients. Health systems need to be focused on a future where the focus is not on therapy but on prevention and therapeutic interventions at all ages.
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Schwalbe, N., & Wahl, B. (2020). Artificial intelligence and the future of global health. The Lancet, 395(10236), 1579-1586. Web.