As the healthcare industry continues to grow, new trends begin to form to meet the changing scope of it. As the digital revolution continues to speed up, the days of paper documentation and handwritten notes are fading away quickly. The nature and style of providing care is becoming more individualized as well. Here are a few of the most prevalent trends in the healthcare field in 2018.
Healthcare is going paperless.
Prescriptions being handed out on notepads are becoming a thing of the past at a very rapid pace. According to Health Management Technology, “Modern electronic medical records (EMRs) are extremely effective at managing point-of-care documentation… There are three major benefits to managing documents virtually: increased efficiency, tight security and immediate accessibility.” In addition to the medical aspects of healthcare going paperless, the paperless trend is affecting everything from how attendance at activities is tracked to how status updates on people’s loved ones are being delivered. In order for a healthcare industry to remain relevant in today’s climate, they have to keep up-to-date on all new technologies that continue to come out.
A holistic and individualized approach is the preference.
One size does not fit all when it comes to healthcare. The current market is looking for a service that will be individualized to their unique likes, dislikes and lifestyles. Forbes notes that, “Starting today and growing in the future, healthcare offices will be able to create a completely personalized experience for each customer. Instead of everyone being treated the same; clinics will be able to use data to see what… a patient prefers.”
Sensors are the key to getting ahead of the need for care.
In senior care especially, electronic sensors are being used to detect certain paramount medical conditions before they go unnoticed or escalate. From monitoring sleeping habits to bathroom frequency, sensors are a vital aspect of providing a proper care continuum. NCBI found that, “Sensors are small but crucial components of consumer technology that enables smart devices to track and monitor several parameters, such as movements, temperature, speed, muscle activity, and blood pressure. Sensors collect data about the physical and chemical properties of the body and local environment, which are used by algorithms to produce useful information.”
At Spring Hills Senior Communities, we understand that technology is a part of the future of healthcare and we strive to remain ahead of the curve on that. Our family engagement programs, trending technologies and more, allow us to keep up to date with the trends that are currently impacting the healthcare industry. Our Director of Program Development and Training, Rachel Helfand, discussed that, “Healthcare is a field that continues to evolve everyday. Our trending technologies and programs allow us to seamlessly and effectively monitor and report everything from medication to attendance at activities to photos for our residents and their loved ones. We are proud to remain ahead of the curve with trends in the healthcare field and will always strive to continue to do so.” To learn more about our Signature Trends, click here.