Putting the consumer in charge has never been a more appropriate term. Come 2030, healthcare could well be entirely driven from the comfort of your very home.
There was once a time when a breakthrough in the field of biology was celebrated with incredible gusto. However, the trend has shifted quite massively in the 21st century. No doubt, breakthroughs in biology are still appreciated, but it’s technological breakthrough that really takes the cake.
This is largely because technology is a catalyst. It enables every field of human study to break conventional boundaries and deliver better results. Moreover technology is universally applicable, meaning it affects everything including biology, and by extension, healthcare.
The world is preparing for the next healthcare revolution.
Healthcare 2030: Technology to trump Tradition?
The life of a healthcare professional in the traditional sense is not easy. Nurses, the most celebrated surgical specialists and everyone in between is used to the traditional approach. What is this approach? It’s the approach where medical records are still handwritten and pagers are often the quickest way to reach out to healthcare providers. Scheduling operations and surgeries involves tedious processes and tracking patient health history is only possible via a heavy dossier or overly bulky chart. The internet barely helps much in the way of progress, let alone the application of AI and robotic assistance.
However this won’t be the case over the years. In fact, even today, technology is gaining ground in healthcare. Records are going digital and streamlining regular checkups and tests is quicker. And this is just the beginning. 2030 could be seen as the year hospitals cease to exist for the reasons we know, that is for treatment.
Why so? It’s because 2030 will usher in the transition of healthcare from hospitals to homes, dubbed home-spitals. This is because such is the very nature of disease will be wrecked by technology. IoT and the industry 4.0 will ensure greater and healthier human life and longevity. Wearable patient monitoring devices can feed doctors with information from the comfort of their clienteles homes. Trivial and traumatic diagnoses, be it clots or tumors can be detected from home and treated in homes; for the age of robots will enable tiny robots simply enter your body, fix what’s wrong and eject. Need to replace organs, tissues or bones? Biologically 3D-printed replacements will come to your rescue. Visits to the doctor and general physician will be irrelevant, for your mobile phone loaded with applications can more than efficiently administer what pharmaceuticals and probiotics you would need in a matter of minutes. Hospital wards will move from housing patients to housing elegant devices capable of performing metabolic, functional and structural detail in a single go. Say goodbye to biopsy reports.
Indeed, it will be time to say goodbye to hospitals altogether.
The trajectory ahead
Of course, there’s a long way to go before we get to this seemingly craze era of healthcare. However, modern service providers of healthcare are unlearning traditional approaches and learning techniques that would prepare them for the future. However, with the right financial backing and idealistic approach to research, there’s no stopping pioneers from making this era of home-spitals a reality. Radical change is coming and we’d best be ready for it when it does.