Smartphones in the Classroom
The fourth trend to keep an eye on in 2019 is not only about how technology systems change in hospitals but also how they will change classroom processes. Technology is not just changing the way patients and providers interact, collect data and make decisions. It is also changing the way providers are being trained. For example, healthcare workers are no longer having trouble keeping their cell phones in the classroom. They are really encouraged to use these devices to enhance the way they learn. “We’ve also seen smartphones changing how we teach about health care. Instead of banning them from the classroom, we’ve introduced collaborative software and tools that allow students to share information about their devices with each other in real-time, making lessons an interactive learning session, rather than traditional lectures or “age sans”. The “stage” approach, “said Johnston. Allowing students to collaborate in this way will help prepare them for all the technology they will have to use when they gain access to real technology.
Breaking Down Silos
According to Dr. Kater Kristen Zulkowski of the PA College of Health Sciences Center for Excellence and Practice, another aspect of the hygienic attitude toward provider education for 2019 is that teachers are breaking down silos in classrooms. More and more, health systems are collaborating in discipline or specialization to create care teams. For example, the healthcare industry is slowly trying to make this much more complex service easier for people. Notoriously patients have to see many different doctors for the same issue, and these doctors do not communicate with each other. This causes the patient’s experience to be stressful and often the proper plan of care can slip through the cracks. It is much more efficient to create teams that are not involved in and sometimes overlook traditional treatment plans. In the classroom, this is exactly what is happening. By breaking down silos in the classroom, it will make it easier for new physicians to enter the field, so there is a more effective way to do the same thing at the hospital. “We are not only breaking down silos in the classroom but also bringing discipline through clinical simulation experiences,” said Zulkowski. “Using sophisticated technology such as high-tech human patient simulators with measurable, responsive signals, teachers can develop scenarios that bring discipline together to understand what it means to care for a patient as part of a team.”
Zukowski’s mention of simulation technology is a great transition to our 2019 sixth health care trend – artificial intelligence. We cannot talk about the future of any industry, without mentioning artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence will continue to change healthcare in many ways. Generally speaking, artificial intelligence will open the door to connecting humans and technology in such a way that we can more closely monitor human activities than ever before. When it comes to healthcare, this means that providers will be able to use artificial intelligence to treat patients at a whole new level. For example, this groundbreaking technology can help providers diagnose patients in areas of the world where doctors have a severe shortage, where the doctor can actually be in place and without having to physically see the patient. Some even speculate that artificial intelligence can enhance radiology-like treatments to the point that providers will no longer need to take tissue samples from patients. These few examples are only part of the surface where the healthcare industry is using artificial intelligence.
In the Forbes article cited above, it is reported that in 2019, artificial intelligence for the health care IT applications. 1.7 billion and will increase workflow productivity by 10 to 15 percent in the industry over the next two to three years. This investment will not only make healthcare providers more efficient but will also save time and money in the processes that make the world of difference in the patient experience.
In general, when you look at health care trends from one to six, they are all essentially based on data collection and the ways to improve the patient experience. Our seventh and final health care for 2019 follows the same theme. There is an increasing tendency to pay based on the quality of care they provide, rather than the value they provide, or the physician’s payments that they see, or the hours they log in each day. As technology allows us to better measure patient outcomes, value-based care payment models will grow. Things like electronic medical records, blockchain systems, and artificial intelligence will give healthcare systems the tools they need to determine which treatment plans work, which don’t, and how to get the best health outcomes. As these criteria become more accurate, payments to physicians based on their patients’ health outcomes will become more and more justified. Some health systems have already adopted this payment model, such as the federal government-run Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Transitioning from payment to logging in for payment for the value of the above care is challenging for physicians, as many of the new technologies described above adjust. Above all, 2019 will be the year of subtle but effective changes in the healthcare industry.