PR: 6 Top Rising Trends In The Healthcare Sector

11.01.2019

All industry sectors are significantly complex in order to function, where the health industry is no exception. A single change to the process of a particular job role or area can instantly impact another sector – similar to a domino effect. The impact of a single external influence such as technology, legislation or budgetary restrictions can play a major role in the way the entire industry is operated. Each year introduces a new set of priorities that is faced by the health sector, where all health-related institutions and services should focus on taking advantage of any opportunities and reducing any potential threats. Here are 6 top rising trends that are evident in the current healthcare sector.

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  1. Ageing population

Medicinal technology has helped to extend the life expectancy of the population which in turn creates a higher demand for services catering to the elderly. The population aged over 65 years has increased to 15.7% according to the Australian Demographics Statisticsrecorded in 2018, striking a peak in demand for more home care and health care services. Whilst the elderly population is increasing, fertility rates are dropping causing shortages in the working-age bracket. There is a greater demand for support services in all areas of the health sector, particularly requiring both personal and technological assistance.

 

  1. In-person service

Interactions and communication on a personal basis are important to maintain the positive wellbeing and health of the injured or elderly. There is a rise in demand for health aide or support workers to care for people within their residential homes, hospitals or within alterative health care centers.

 

  1. Rise in case management

There in an increase need for case management which is a specialised service that targets the root cause for an individual’s illness or injury to occur. Case management involves the analysis of a patient’s external and personal influences to seek ways of reducing potential illnesses to occur in the future. It also involves the analysis of the social and environmental determinants of their behaviour that has led to the injuries or illnesses. A case manager role requires qualifications and skills that can be acquired through Upskilled. Since the courses are online, you have the flexibility to study at your own pace and according to your own schedule.

 

  1. Population health management

Unlike case management that is personalised to the individual, a growing trend that is seen within the health industry is the implementation of population health management. This involves the health care sector to analytically seek to implement population health management strategies and initiatives to support the positive health behaviors of the entire population. The Health Catalyst describes population health management to consist of three key areas. The best practice system, which details a standard that is put in place across the sector, adoption system, which involves various health care stakeholders and analytics system, which is an evaluation process.

 

  1. New technology

Technological advancements are on the rise in all industries, but most evidently within the health sector to sustain the lives of the population. Such technology includes robotics which assist patients to perform physical movements as well as virtual assistants that enable a convenient way for patients to call, listen to music or ask questions relating to the greater world. Wearable technology has also allowed people to monitor their health and record it from the convenience of their wrist watches. Technology creates a more efficient process when working in the health sector, where patients no longer will have to wait to see a doctor and will be able to minimise the cumbersome process and cut the red tape.

 

  1. Collaborations

The health care industry is seeing an increase of cross-sector collaboration in order to enhance the health services that are provided to the public. They are working with technological companies to create new medical solutions to assists patients. The health sector is also in collaboration with the education sector to teach students and young people on preventative steps to protect themselves from developing diseases or injury. This is also extended to companies as part of their mindfulness and wellbeing programs, by taking measures to ensure that employees are in good health to work productively.

 

The health sector will continue to see dynamic changes owing to external influences, however, it is the way the industry manages such changes that will allow the sector keep up with the demands of the Australian population. What impacts do you think these health care trends will affect you and your local community?

Article last time updated on 14.01.2019.

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