Future trends in hospitals/healthcare

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Healthcare - Emerging Trends

Telemedicine, human head transplants, artificial intelligence, heart in a box: warm blood perfusion system, mobile cancer screening and synthetic hormones for your heart are emerging trends relating to the future of healthcare in the US. These trends are centered around innovation.

Telemedicine

Human Head Transplants

  • Ergio Canavero, an Italian neurosurgeon, intends to attempt the first human head transplant by 2017, though no successful animal transplants with long-term survival have yet been made. Because of the difficulty of connecting the spinal cord, Canavero has suggested improvements in the process. These improvements involved using a special blade and polyethylene glycol; a polymer used in medicine as well as in everything from skin cream to the conservation of the Mary Rose. These can help start growth in spinal cord nerve.
  • According to Canavero all the technology he needs is available and estimates the procedure will take about 36 hours. He also said that it will require the services of 150 medical professionals.
  • He expects a 90% chance of success, as in a 90% chance the patient is up and walking around a few months after the surgery

Artificial intelligence

Heart in a Box: Warm Blood Perfusion System

Mobile cancer screening

Synthetic Hormones for the Heart

Research Strategy:

The strategy used to get the trends relating to the future of the healthcare in the US was to search through the various sites that have to do with healthcare innovation, healthcare technology provider and healthcare institution like Mobidev, referral MD, healthcare global, camion associates NCBI resource and medical news today.
The various sites show the innovative trends in the healthcare relating to the future of the US and how the health challenges of the people of the US country will be given adequate attention in order to reduce the rate of death in the country in the future and the various technological improvements that will take place in the healthcare sector in the US.

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Hospitals - Emerging Trends

Emerging trends relating to the future of hospitals in the US, especially around innovation, are the use of artificial intelligence for predictive modeling, use of robotics to help patients in hospitals in order to free nurses to do vital tasks, the creation of on-site hospitals by big corporations, and the creation of virtual hospitals with the help of high-tech technology.

use of Artificial Intelligence for predictive modeling

  • One emerging trend related to the future of hospitals around innovation in the US is the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to predict various happenings. For example, AI will be the norm in the future to create a predictive algorithm in hospitals to identify diseases such as sepsis much earlier so that patients receive the right treatment sooner. AI will also be used in future to predict the early failure of patients' organs.
  • Artificial intelligence will be a future trend in helping hospitals to track every hospital bed's occupancy to predict when the next bed will be available in the ICU or other wards. Artificial intelligence will also be used to track the use of operating rooms and predict which exact hour, minute or second the room will become available.
  • The hospital of tomorrow will be referred to as a cognitive hospital, and AI will be used to analyze all the data in order to help in the management of hospital patient volume and movement, and activate interventions that prioritize high-risk cases.

robots as assistants in hospitals

  • The future trend for hospitals will see robots being used in every hospital to ease the work of the nursing staff. For example, robots will become the norm in hospitals used to do tasks such as delivering supplies to patient rooms to help free nursing staff so that they can use their time on other crucial duties.
  • Companies such as Diligent Robotics are at the forefront of creating artificial intelligence robots to assist in hospitals. Diligent Robotics has designed a robot named Moxi which helps carry out important repetitive tasks that keep nurses away from crucial patient care roles. Service Robotics Limited has also created Genie Connect, a voice-enabled robot designed to provide companionship to older patients in hospitals by carrying out conversations and setting up video calls with the patient's family members and healthcare professionals.

on-site hospitals in large companies

  • Large companies will create and have on-site hospitals so that they can help their workers to better manage health conditions that are chronic. The future of hospitals will also see hospitals being taken to where people live, aided by new high-tech innovations like AI and robots.
  • On-site hospitals will provide employees with immediate access to health services so that they don't waste time leaving the office and going far to seek medical help. The benefits of on-site hospitals include companies eventually saving money and the trend helping to retain top talent.

creation of Virtual hospitals

  • The future trends for hospitals in terms of innovation is the creation of virtual hospitals or command centers. The future will see digital-health only hospitals grow to be the norm. This will be hospitals without beds with facilities such as electronic intensive care units (ICU) for monitoring patients, virtual hospitalists, and facilities for home monitoring of patients.
  • Hospital clinicians will use electronic medical records, telehealth, and data analytics to monitor the vital signs of patients, using data received through virtual tools such as wearables and biometric sensors. The virtual tools will help prevent the hospitalization of very sick patients by frequently monitoring them. Nurses will be sent home to check on patients who need medical intervention. The command centers will feature computers used to receive calls and direct virtual traffic using displayed live data dashboards.

RESEARCH STRATEGY:

To find emerging trends relating to the future of hospitals in the US, especially around innovation, we began our research by searching for a pre-compiled list of data to fulfill the request. We were able to find multiple reports that reviewed future trends for hospitals in terms of innovation from credible industry databases, reports and publications, such as Medical News Today, Forbes, United Concordia, and Oliver Wyman. We studied these reports, publications and databases to locate information and trends within them that was repeated more than once, and were able to find 4 future trends that we included in our findings.
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From Part 01
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  • "All the trends we observed earlier at HIMSS18 remain in place. While businesses tend to rely on proven systems, they are continuously looking for new ways of boosting performance and productivity by means of technology. They have the same security concerns and do extensive research on new ways of delivering services. Now let's proceed to further observations. "
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  • "his week, Medical News Today attended the Future Healthcare Exhibition and Conference. Delegates presented us with technology, both new and old, destined to push healthcare forward."
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  • "Going into 2018, with an eye on 2020, we have identified 8 themes that surround many key trends in this energized US market."
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  • "U.S. healthcare spending grew 5.8 percent in 2015, reaching $3.2 trillion or $9,990 per person. As a share of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, health spending accounted for 17.8 percent. So what does this mean to all of our colleagues, friends, and families? It’s time to evaluate how we live to take care of each other, or we could be in serious pain in the near future."
From Part 02
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  • "A few progressive providers are using digital capabilities to challenge two sacrosanct aspects of the healthcare industry – a hospital serving as a physical space with beds and patients, and the provision of care being something that's local."
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  • "An Austin, Texas-based company, Diligent Robotics, has recently announced its artificial intelligence robot, Moxi, specifically designed to create more efficiencies in the healthcare arena. The self-proclaimed friendly robot lends a necessary hand with repetitive, often mundane tasks that keep nurses from satisfying their most crucial role in a hospital setting – patient care. "
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  • "Genie Connect is a friendly looking miniature robot. The designers described it as "a companion robot service that uses a friendly, intuitive, voice-enabled robot to offer connectivity and support."
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  • "While this offering provides a clear advantage to companies and employees, it’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all solution."