Trends That Will Gain Greatest Traction Ahead – HIMMS Forecast

According to HIMMS 2019 Healthcare Trends Forecast, 2019 is going to be a momentous year for the healthcare sector, concerning innovation, along with the need for digital healthcare services providers and visionaries who can deliver more solutions that are tangible.

The HIMMS report observes how consumer pressure is changing the healthcare industry, with the growing demand of custom software solutions and automated medical care services, and the trends that will act as the primitive vehicle in the year ahead. The report is delivered to provide a better perspective to healthcare people, including clinicians, payers, academics, and policyholders, which will lead to more effective clinical and financial results in the coming years.

Evenset Customer Software Development Company addresses the four key trends documented in the HIMMS Report, through solutions offered, to contribute towards a better healthcare system across the world.

The four key trends include:

         Digital health implication and applications

         Consumer impact

         Financial and demographic challenges and

         Data governance and policy issues

The HIMMS report features analysis, insights, and inputs from leaders across HIMMS and its associated firms, Health 2.0, Healthbox, and PCHAlliance.

Listed below are the 8 takeaways related to digital healthcare innovation from the HIMMS report that we plan to inculcate in our company vision and goals.

Digital Health Predictions of 2019 – HIMMS Forecast

1.     Policy Changes will Boost Speed

Policy makers will play an aggressive role to speed to market tools that will ensure growth in patient access, bring improvement in healthcare efficiencies, and create opportunities to develop new care delivery systems, which discourage unnecessary hospital stays, while they try to decrease provider burden.

2.     Government Barriers to Healthcare will Subside

The leaders predict a significant positive change in the government’s barriers to innovation in healthcare. While we all know how highly regulated the healthcare industry is, soon the government-built walls will tumble down with regards to access to comprehensive and quality health care services. This change will have a direct impact on 3 components of access to care, including insurance coverage, automated health services, and timelines of care. For concrete evidence, HIMMS asks us to have a look at the following:  FDA Precertification (Pre-Cert) Pilot Program and CMS Innovation Center.

The FDA precertification pilot program explains what the program is all about, how it works in 2019, what the goal of the pilot program is, the people involved, and how anyone can become a part of it.

3.     Control Pain Treatment Virtually

Post-surgery pain and recovery care are as important as other healthcare services. In order to encourage remote facilities so that patients are more relaxed in their comfort zone, virtual reality (VR) will become mainstream in 2019 and henceforward. Virtual reality will be a routine treatment to control pain post surgeries. In fact, it will be an adjunct for different types of (or ailment related) chronic pain treatment.

        Recent studies support the hypothesis that VR/AR therapies can effectively distract patients suffering from acute pain and chronic pain stimulated in trials, including but not limited to fibromyalgia, phantom limb pain, and regional specific pain from past injuries and illnesses. While opioids and physical therapy are often inadequate and ineffective, VR trials, such as patient immersion in interactive virtual reality have shown to provide a fruitful distraction from painful stimuli and reduce patient’s perception of the pain.

4.     Smart Devices to Manage Chronic Diseases

Wearable devices will contribute to improved chronic disease management in 2019. Problems regarding CDPM (Chronic Disease Prevention and Management) are prevalent, especially among geriatric patients. In this year, wearable and implantable health devices will improve CDPM in the medical community. These devices will act as an effective tool to enable real-time detection of chronic diseases and management of vital signs and activity levels. The devices will furthermore be used to gauge the effectiveness of the treatment provided. These devices will also potentially decrease admissions and readmissions, and patient’s emergency room visits.

5.     Intelligent Solutions for Care Providers

As much as it is pivotal for the patients, evolving digital trends will also play an important role for clinicians. Broader use of voice recognition and smart assistance will ease the burden on clinicians essentially.

Voice recognition technology, such as Amazon Alexa, when powered with a connected ecosystem, can be harnessed to address several specific challenges in the clinical environment. Four of the scenarios that we can instantly think of include record patient diaries, keep patients on schedule for appointments, provide seamless communication between site investigators and sponsors to reduce protocol violations and deviations, and increase trial awareness among physicians.

6.     Broader Adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

AI and predictive learning will deliver real-time solutions to population health. From the delivery of personalized and precise treatments and software for medical devices to the identification of at-risk individuals, AI will be at every facet of healthcare provision. At a Yale-led study, it was observed that about 14 to 27 percent of all emergency room visits are non-urgent symptoms. These patients’ symptoms, if detected on time, could be treated with a routine doctor’s visit.

AI and machine learning address different population health challenges by using following capabilities: discovery of data, prediction of future health, justification of discoveries and prediction, actionable insights to augment decision making, and learning to improve interventions and engagements.

7.     Digital Therapeutics will Gain Command

Digital therapeutics will act as a personal assistant to treatment henceforward, and it is no surprise. It will not only enhance medication adherence but will also be an alternative to traditional treatments, including but not limited to preventive programs (diabetes and AIDS), and other events and models to prevent and mitigate the effects of chronic conditions in patients.

8.     Finally, the Year of Blockchain

“Finally, after much conjecture and hype, 2019 will be the year that blockchain’s potential as an interoperability aid comes into sharper focus,” said the authors of the Report. Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) will be a part of broader interoperability toolbox to do away with redundancy and loopholes existing within the current healthcare system, such as benefit fulfillment, claims adjudication etc. With the help of DLT, healthcare providers will be able to dig out and explore new business opportunities with stakeholders with whom they have not been able to stay in touch due to various technical reasons.

The HIMMS also talks about global reformation and value-based care, new methods of care delivery to tackle demographic changes, and financial and policy changes. We are all aware of the sudden wave of digital health tool that is redefining patient care goals. However, 2019 will be the actual year where digital health will answer a lot many questions, such as how technology will increase access to patient care, and how gaps between care and coverage can be narrowed. Evenset can automate 50% – 80% of enterprise business processes depending upon the scope, by identifying practices, deploying software solution, and providing scalable insights.

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