5. Enhanced personalized medical care
In the next decade, clinicians will have the ability to use blockchain, machine learning, and artificial intelligence seamlessly to provide specialized care to patients, says Jain.
“The biggest thing is going to be our ability to use these advanced technology enablers to get much better at doing personalized medicine and personalized healthcare with our patients,” Jain says. “Because the back-end healthcare technology is crunching all of their clinical data and administrative data, looking at their genomic profile, looking at their social determines of health much faster than any human physician or clinician could, and combining that information in a trusted way.”
Jain says that fitness trackers are currently collecting siloed data, but are an important part of the equation when the data can be integrated along with other health determinants. Ultimately, he says more personalized treatments, especially for chronic conditions, would increase adherence to care plans.
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“Essentially a clinician will have the ability to say, instead of just practicing in an evidence-based way, we're going to combine evidence and personalized choices to give patients a much higher likelihood of being successful at the first set of treatments that are offered, instead of going back and forth a few times trying to figure things out,” Jain says.
6. Workflow that mimics consumer technology
Collins says she is hopeful that the workflow technology that the healthcare field adopts over the next 10 year will match and adapt to technology that people are used to in other areas of their lives.
“Before a hospital shift, someone can sit in their cars and buy movie tickets, make dinner reservations, and chat with friends—all from their smartphones. They then enter the hospital for a day’s work, and many times, the technology landscape is entirely different,” Collins says.
She fears that the antiquated processes and devices in healthcare workplaces will be a deterrent to tech-savvy millennials.
“When millennials go to work at a hospital, we are asking doctors, nurses and care teams to step back 20 years and use landline phones, fax machines, pagers, and overhead calls—all of which downgrade and add complexity to our millennial workforce. They carry a heavy burden every day working with patients in stressful hospital environments, and the very basic technology they’re using only adds to the stress,” Collins says. “Furthermore, we are adding to cognitive loads by forcing them to remember procedures and how to use outdated technologies they are not naturally accustomed to using. So, over time, antiquated technology that doesn’t mirror what is used in our personal life and is not secure will be eliminated. As younger people continue to enter the workforce, many hospitals will be forced to modernize.”