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Major Trends in Health Care In 2018

If 2017 was labelled as a tumultuous year for healthcare, 2018 is going to continue to bring about more changes.

Some of the major trends in healthcare anticipated and achieved in 2018 are as follows:

Advent of Blockchain Technology

It is regarded more than hype or a fad, but blockchain technology and its applications in healthcare has yet to prove its mettle in the arena of clinical healthcare and health IT systems. Nevertheless, it is being anticipated for use in emerging health care firms in UK.



2018 will see a test of this technology’s major foray for judging how providers begin to use it for exchange and protection of health data. There is no doubt that major vendors and other stakeholders are moving fast towards fully realized blockchain in healthcare systems in unprecedented and unexpected ways. But critics point out to problems like failure of cyber security. Nevertheless the fact is that there is a lot of hope riding on this technology.

EHR Vendors and Analytics

Thanks to the EHR (Electronic Health Record) system dominating the health care sector in 2018, EHR vendors will move more substantially into patient data analytics work. The benefits are apparent-like enhancing population health efforts and offering real-time reporting among various specialties of healthcare. Some EHR companies are able to aggregate patient data within their products.

Proceeding With Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI is no longer a technology manifest only in the dreams of health care professionals. In 2018, it is moving towards delivering real impact. Major uses are process automation via robotics and natural language processing but there is more. A.I. is being used for disease management, population health, claims processing and re-admissions. In fact, some experts think that in 2018, A.I. is poised to help in areas such as image recognition, pathology and cancer diagnostics. It is being dealt with great importance in recently funded Health care in UK.

Self-Diagnosis

In present times, many patients do a search engine or Google search on their symptoms and do self-diagnosis before consulting a doctor. When they approach doctors, they are only seeking a second opinion on their self-diagnosis. Doctors who work as per this new paradigm and use it for early detection are in a better position compared to those who ignore it.

Undoctoring

Because of the wide availability of care alternatives, opinions and research in the online mode, patients are seeking supplemental therapies than those prescribed by doctors. Doctors can anticipate that many patients will not stick to their advice. Some patients will take additional action while others may go in for variant treatments of what has been recommended. An extreme but popular option adopted by some patients is to avail of medical tourism to seek options other than conventional Western medicine.

Elite Fitness

People are embracing healthier lifestyles and seeking alternative options for diet and exercise. This is becoming popular with both elderly and the youth. Healthy lifestyles are contributing to longer life expectancy. Fitness is also boosting requirement for repair medicine like orthopaedic and neuromuscular care.

Substitutes and Alternative Care

Homeopathy, specialty diets, herbal remedies are example of alternative medicine sought by anincreasing number of patients who wish to substitute or complement traditional medicine. Vast amount of information is available today in social media platforms.
These are some of the trends in healthcare in 2018.

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