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5 Emerging Healthcare Trends That Can’t Be Ignored

31 Mar 2021

Healthcare is a personal issue that, in today's day and age, has become more public. As we advance, we must consider all potential health factors. As we learned in 2020, we must consider all possibilities, from highly likely to nearly impossible. 

With technological advances, escalated healthcare costs and client expectations, Canadian healthcare is constantly changing. 

That being said, we have compiled a list of the top healthcare trends in Canada that cannot be ignored.

1. Advanced Health Analytics

The power of data should not be overlooked. To ensure the highest level of customer care, practitioners have put extensive protocols in place that track the measurement of system performance and overall health outcomes.

Electronic health records have made it possible to provide patients with more accurate, up-to-date, cost-effective, and reliable prescribing of diagnoses and medications. 

Having access to this kind of patient data gives Canadians the potential to receive high-quality care and lower their overall health costs. At the same time, having proper analytics can also assist with the prevention of chronic diseases. 

Doctor in using her tablet to check medical data and analytics.

2. The Healthcare Cloud

The health care cloud is a service used by healthcare professionals to store, maintain, and back up personal health information. The cloud system offers a single access point to patient information, allowing multiple doctors to view patient records and lab results. 

There is a certain amount of risk involved with cloud technology. A patient's personal information may be at risk for theft. However, safeguards are put into place, like encryption and other security features to keep patient data safe.

3. Virtual Healthcare

Due to the recent pandemic, we often hear the terms "social distancing" or "virtual care." Now, these terms are a part of our everyday life. Connecting with your doctor or healthcare professional by email, phone, or video call has become necessary during this pandemic and the new normal. 

It is essential to continue with this new trend because patients won't need to take time off work for an appointment, there will also be fewer lines in the waiting room, and virtual appointments save travel time and costs. 

It is crucial to keep in mind that virtual care will never replace in-person appointments; however, it is intended to be correlative with in-person care. 

Elderly lady on a virtual video call with her female physician.

4. Social Media and Networking

Patients are now using the internet and social media platforms to connect with health issues and healthcare experiences. The goal is to provide people with trusted and reliable information that educates them on overall care, treatment regime, experience, statistics and more.

Social media is also a great way to raise awareness. This can be as simple as reminding followers to get their flu shots or promoting Canada's Food Guide. The key here is to focus on sharing valuable and trustworthy content that benefits your followers.

Social media groups and online tools are a great way to provide patients with real-time support. Facebook groups have become a popular form of providing online support and care. The Mount Sinai Hospital Epilepsy Center created a private, invitation-only Facebook group for patients, staff and caregivers. Two doctors participated in group discussions and answered some of their patient's questions and concerns. 

 5. Mobile Apps and Tablets 

In today's society, mobile apps have become a part of our everyday lives. 

The popularity of mobile health apps will continue to rise. As these apps become more developed and educational, it will make it easy to monitor health information and help Canadians provide themselves with better lifestyle choices. Mobile apps offer another opportunity to provide patients with real-time care and trusted healthcare information. 

Tablets have also become a critical role in adding technology to the clinical side of healthcare. Tablets offer the advantages of being user-friendly, portable and allow users to have visual conversations with their doctor or healthcare professional. The combinations of these advantages are why more and more tablets are being used in healthcare facilities around Canada. 

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