The 3 Shifts in Healthcare: What the World Looked Like in 2021

In 2021, the world will look a lot different. Healthcare is no exception to this statement. Healthcare has been progressing in exciting ways that many people don’t know yet! One of these changes is the shift from episodic acute care to chronic care management for patients with severe conditions. Another shift is that we will begin to see more and more digital tools used in healthcare. For example, over 38 billion mobile health app downloads across the world last year alone! In 2021, this number was expected to be around 57 billion.

Businesses are shifting from reactive care management to proactive disease prevention as well. It costs companies a lot less to prevent diseases than cure them. When businesses focus on preventive care management for employees with chronic conditions, the cost of their healthcare benefits decreases by over $45 billion per year! Large pharmaceutical companies will also be changing in 2021. For example, they are shifting from focusing solely on research and development (R&D) to a more balanced approach between R&D and new drug acquisition. This will be done through personalized health care plans and regular checkups for all employees, not just those with known conditions or issues.

The final shift in 2021 healthcare that we should focus on is the increasing role of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. In the next few years, AI will be used to diagnose and treat patients in several ways. For example, it can help doctors make more accurate diagnoses, recommend treatments, and even support patients during their treatment journey.

Healthcare is changing rapidly, and we can expect even more changes in the years to come! These are just a few of the shifts we will see in 2021. Stay tuned for more updates on healthcare innovation as they happen!

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