What are the top healthcare administration trends for 2022? According to a recent article in Healthcare Administration Quarterly, three key trends will shape the future of healthcare management. Learn more about these three shifts in this blog post!
More Emphasis on Population Health Management
Population health management looks beyond medical treatment for individual patients. Instead, it focuses on preventing disease and managing the overall healthcare of a group. This is important because effective population health management can reduce costs, especially in the United States, where there are high numbers of uninsured people. And that’s good news for everyone!
Big Increases in Telehealth
Telehealth – or healthcare delivery via telecommunications technology – makes it possible to provide healthcare services from a distance. According to the article, about half of hospitals already have some telehealth program to deliver care remotely. And as digital medicine advances rapidly over the next few years, access will only continue to grow exponentially. For instance, at Johns Hopkins University, experts are currently working on a system that uses IBM’s Watson technology to match cancer patients with clinical trials. This system is designed to make telehealth more effective and efficient and improve the quality of care.
Dramatic Changes in Patient Engagement Through Personal Health Management Tools
The article predicts that we’re going to see a transition from traditional electronic medical records (EMRs) to personal health management tools that help manage and track patients between doctor visits and other healthcare services over the next few years. Personal health applications (PHAs) will replace EMRs by 2022 because they give both patients and doctors access to important information about treatment plans, medication schedules, and so on at all times.
In healthcare management, it’s essential to look at future trends and prepare accordingly. Of course, with all forecasts, there’s an element of uncertainty. But it’s unlikely that any one person will see the future perfectly. Instead, it’s more likely that a group of people will think about different aspects of healthcare administration and make educated guesses based on what they know today. The good news is that you don’t have to predict the future to innovate in healthcare management! Even small changes can have a significant impact on patient care.