Going into 2023, patient engagement is one of the key focuses of many healthcare facilities. While the medical field struggles with staffing shortages, patients are expecting more personalized care and better communication. In light of this, healthcare technology is becoming a critical tool for meeting patient engagement needs and providing better care. This technology comes in many forms, from simple communication software to more sophisticated monitoring technologies. These are some of the top healthcare technologies in 2023.
Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote patient monitoring technology has been a game-changer for many patients with acute or chronic conditions. With remote monitoring, such as heart rate monitors, oximeters, or glucose monitors, patients can easily monitor their own conditions while physicians can easily access data. This can help catch serious changes before they become an emergency and reduce the number of appointments needed, freeing up more time for doctors to attend to other patients.
Similarly, wearable technology can help otherwise healthy people catch early signs of severe illness and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Fitness trackers and smartwatches are gaining increased sensitivity and technology that can detect blot clots, asthma, stroke, and more. They can also help remind wearers to exercise, track sleep patterns, and more. Access to this kind of technology helps patients become more invested in their own health and allows them to monitor their baseline and notice any concerning changes.
Mobile health technology is perhaps one of the most substantial developments in patient engagement technology. Patient portals minimize the number of phone calls patients need to make for routine tasks such as checking test results, scheduling appointments, and asking simple questions. It can make sharing information with different providers easier and allows patients to feel more in control of their own care. Additionally, telehealth options continue to reduce the amount of time patients spend in physical offices and make getting treatment for simple conditions faster and easier.
While all three of these technologies have been in the industry for some time now, continued developments are increasing use cases and effectiveness. More and more facilities are embracing these technologies to increase patient engagement while reducing the load on overworked teams. In 2023, these technologies will continue to develop and evolve.