Healthcare is innovating across the country and at the state level. With people living longer, the demand for better quality of life has increased alongside that statistic. Other major disruptions such as artificial intelligence and introducing the internet of things (IoT) to hospitals have compounded challenges such as limited medical real estate in Florida and the continuing opioid crisis.
Here is what Florida medical professionals need to know about the latest healthcare trends:
- Automation is coming. Artificial Intelligence has been a buzz phrase for years. However, the medical industry has been slow to accept it. Now, business leaders in the medical industry are looking to buck that line of thinking to get onboard with the automation trend. These executives hope to automate routine paperwork, patient scheduling, timesheet data entry, and other accounting tasks to allow medical providers to focus on delivering exceptional service.
- Utilizing public and private health data to combat the opioid crisis. Combating an active opioid addiction is difficult and presents numerous health and safety challenges for medical providers. However, identifying at-risk patients can help doctors prevent addiction before it gets a foothold in their patients. For example, many cancer patients take opioids as part of their care. However, doctors can cross-reference private health data with public information to determine if a new patient is at risk for developing an opioid addiction. Knowing this can help providers take steps to sway certain behaviors as well as keep a closer eye on those individuals.
- Securing IoT. Connected devices are on the rise in hospital settings. However, many of them are woefully unsecured, which makes them a tempting target for hackers. If cyber criminals gain access to connected devices, they can have disastrous effects on patients’ health. They can also gain backdoor access to sensitive data. As breaches become more commonplace, hospitals will need to take greater steps to protect their patients and devices.
- Focusing on patient and employee satisfaction. Patients want better services, but executives have encountered staffing challenges in their efforts to achieve that goal. What they’ve found is that employees with low job satisfaction are less capable of providing stellar care. By focusing on addressing staff concerns and re-engaging them with their work, healthcare companies can experience a correlated increase in patient satisfaction.
- Increasing demand for healthcare real estate. More than 3.3 million Florida residents are 65 or older while one-fifth of residents are 80 or older. Experts predict that by 2030 almost 25% of Floridians will be 65+. Population demographics have a direct effect on real estate developments. For Florida, this will mean an increased need for medical facilities to care for its aging population. As construction prices continue to increase and lot vacancies decrease, the healthcare industry will need to react quickly to be able to keep pace with patient needs.
Floridian healthcare providers need to be prepared to address the trends and challenges facing the industry. MMA Florida has extensive experience addressing healthcare professionals’ concerns while keeping their company’s risk in check. Contact us to learn how we can help your healthcare business.