The Indian healthcare sector is evolving rapidly after the introduction of new age technologies. The time has gone when the healthcare industry was just based on a doctor and patient interaction and has now reached at the real-time engagement without any geographical limitation. With advances in technology, the healthcare industry is becoming more aware and smarter to lead a healthy life. With the continuous adoption of new age technologies, the healthcare industry is going to get through major transformation and claims to accelerate towards value-based care outcomes. In the upcoming year, there will be a huge impact on the healthcare sector with two of the most hyped technologies – artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain.
AI to drive the sector’s growth
AI works to create a personalized environment for both patients and providers. Today, several companies use AI to streamline their administrative work for increasing efficiency and decreasing bureaucracy. Therefore, many healthcare experts anticipate that operationalizing AI across healthcare work management would result in a 10–15 percent increase in productivity in the next 2 years. In addition, within the AI framework, machine learning will further strengthen human and machine interaction. This would create an impact on, but not limited to diagnostic, risk analytics, and drug discovery verticals.
Big data to result in preventive care
Healthcare industry is getting comfortable with data management. Thus, it is expected to see analytics solutions which will strive to investigate treatment viability, drug utilization, and self-care programs specific to chronic conditions. Moreover, the success of healthcare providers will depend upon leveraging analytics capabilities. It is expected that almost 50 percent of healthcare companies would have resources to access, share and analyze real-world data for individual conditions.
Blockchain to bring healthcare efficiencies
After several years of hype, blockchain is finally going to come into deployment to help solve data exchange security problems. Blockchain has gained a lot of popularity in the past several years and now the blocks of the technology are going to come together into real commercial implementations. The other ways in which the technology is going to make an impact on healthcare payers and providers are by streamlining and providing transparency in the process, eliminating intermediaries wherever possible, providing a guard against counterfeit drugs and reducing unnecessary healthcare costs.
Cloud technology to change the healthcare scenario
Cloud computing has already become one necessity in the healthcare sector. Last few years marked the beginning of cloud computing in the healthcare industry. The upcoming year clearly focuses upon adopting cloud-based computing for more convenient and cost-effective healthcare services. Many hospitals are changing their everyday processes by including electronic health records and digital paper filling work. Cloud computing is set to evolve the way the healthcare industry works. It is going to provide the quickest and easiest access to business applications and customer relationship management. Moreover, it offers a large storage facility for clinical and non- clinical records with an enhanced security environment.
Innovative Insurance models for preventive healthcare
Insurance models play a crucial role in the healthcare payer industry. Undoubtedly, the healthcare insurance policies that are available today do not meet the personalized needs of an individual. To ensure better growth prospects of the industry, companies are focusing on providing personalized healthcare policies that are driven by data and IoT to reduce potential claims. The upcoming year in healthcare sector points toward preventive healthcare due to innovative insurance models based on information from healthcare systems and data from sensors, wearables, and trackers.