Digital Health Trends for 2022: patient experience at the center

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition towards increased healthcare digitization. The medical ecosystem had the chance to make the best out of this difficult situation and results are already tangible: virtual visits and remote monitoring are some of the activities that are helping to alleviate the pressure on hospitals. At the same time, this digital switch allows clinical research to continue its precious mission even during lockdowns.

The Digital Health Trends for 2022 confirm the necessity of following this “virtual path” to improve several aspects of the healthcare chain like collecting data most efficiently and upgrading the patient experience with a personalized plan. In this article, we will explore the 2022 Digital Health Trends. 

Virtual care with in-person offerings

Virtual or in-person? According to the Business Group on Health, it is not one or the other. It will be a combination of virtual care and in-person offerings. Digital Health is playing a fundamental role in the management and care of chronic diseases. It is also a valuable opportunity for clinical research to perform decentralized or hybrid trials. Digital Health needs to focus on achieving optimal quality and integration of virtual health with in-person delivery in the near future. 

Mobile applications

In 2021 medical mobile applications reached their all-time high. The top medical apps were those for monitoring diseases like diabetes, circulatory system, digestive system, mental health, and behavioral disorders. In 2022, medical applications will continue their growth as people have become more self-reliant when it comes to health and want to have full control of their wellness. 

IoT technologies 

Wearable fitness trackers are an example of the application of the Internet of things technologies into wellness and health. The device records and transfers metrics, like heartbeat and steps. IoT technologies can be widely applied to healthcare and they will grow significantly in the coming years. They will be useful for postoperative care, patient monitoring, and medication tracking. 

Telemedicine 

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, virtual visits have grown in numbers as hospitals were focussed on Covid-19 patients. Telemedicine consultations are also time-saving and more convenient for the patient, as there are no commuting costs. Thanks to virtual visits, it is also possible to reach those who live in rural areas or cannot leave their home due to their medical condition. Virtual medicine will be a significant trend and a necessity in the future of healthcare.

Empathy for a personalized experience

Better patient outcomes and medical records allow the healthcare workforce to have a clear and complete picture of their patients. On the other side, patients receive real-time feedback that improves their experience and fortifies their trust in the healthcare system.

Thanks to AI and Machine Learning technologies, it is possible to analyze patient preferences, habits, and needs. Those are fundamental information for CROs and Pharma Companies to offer a personalized experience to patients who, as a result, are more engaged during the clinical trial and treatment plan.

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