TOP 4 HEALTHCARE TRENDS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2023
The world is changing rapidly every year. Especially looking at the past few years, the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the financial struggles of the time and the widespread adoption of technology and digitization, the healthcare industry has dramatically changed for everyone from patient to practitioner. As 2022 is about to wrap up, here are 4 trends predicted to be at the center of the healthcare industry in 2023:
1. Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is a hot topic for many industries. Consequently, according to healthcare industry forecasts, the market for AI and ML in healthcare is predicted to top $20 million in 2023. While AI technologies are already used as computer vision, natural language processing, and pattern recognition algorithms in healthcare, its use is expected to grow throughout 2023. Some areas of expected growth are in drug discovery, where it can assist with predicting outcomes of clinical trials and potential side effects of new drugs, and analysis of medical imagery, which involves using computer vision algorithms to spot early warning signs of disease in x-rays or MRI scans. AI has also played a role in successfully detecting and treating neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. With many more uses, AI will continue to be a growing part of healthcare in 2023
2. Remote Healthcare – Telehealth, Online Healthcare Communities, and Virtual Hospitals
With staffing shortages and healthcare organizations overwhelmed by the demand, use of remote healthcare has increased significantly since the start of the pandemic. Even now as mask mandates have eased and face to face appointments are considered safe, the use of remote healthcare ‒ telehealth consultations over the phone or over digital chat, remote surgeries using robotic technology, virtual hospital wards, which involves practitioners in a centralized location providing care for a number of remote patients ‒ is expected to increase in 2023 as the costs of delivering in-person healthcare continues to rise and staffing shortages remain a challenge.
3. Retail Healthcare
Walmart, Amazon, CVS, and more… According to research, “the amount of healthcare business conducted through retail outlets will double during 2023,” especially for simple healthcare needs such as blood tests, vaccinations, and medical check-ups.
4. Personalized Healthcare
A major trend in 2023 is predicted to be precision medicine, where drugs and other treatments are specifically tailored to a patient’s specific needs based on age, genetics or risk factors rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. This growth is due to the continuous advancements in understanding a patient’s genome and how this information can help practitioners predict the effectiveness of specific drugs or whether the patient is likely to suffer from side effects. As is true for other aspects of life, different forms of personalization in healthcare is projected to be a hot topic throughout 2023.
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