Technology advancements in healthcare are always an exciting topic with there being significant untapped potential to improve health ecosystems globally.  Despite the pandemic, this year is no different with 2020 bringing unprecedented public attention to health in general. 

“Experts share 2021 digital health predictions” provides an interesting insight of what may be to come. The use of new digital solutions and data remains key with the pandemic accelerating acceptance of technology in all areas of healthcare.

The transformation of General Practices in the UK is no different, with a staggering 99% of GP practices conducting remote consultations in 2020. Of 2020's two million monthly consultations, approximately 90% were delivered remotely. As the world continues to adapt to the demands of Covid-19, remote consultations are expected to continue with there being significant potential to deliver personalised and flexible care to the people that need it most. Further investment into IT infrastructure and digital capability will only propel the achievements to date as we aim for better integration within primary care.

Experts believe this will be further supported by the increasing use of telemedicine and remote monitoring into 2021. Increased confidence amongst patients, especially the elderly, means that the shift towards care at home and self-management systems will only grow. Not only will this improve the delivery of care but help medical professions detect symptoms or illnesses at earlier stages.

According to some experts, the increasing adoption of the digital health solutions will naturally result in higher patient expectations to the quality, safety and effectiveness as solutions. Applications are set to become more person-centred, personalised and tailored towards patients' specific challenges, needs and their environment. Instead of providing reactive care, digital health is expected to facilitate a more proactive and coherent user experience and journey along the whole continuum of health.

In summary, there is significant potential for technology in healthcare, be that in the delivery of care or operational management. If there could be a silver lining in the pandemic, this is surely one with Covid-19 accelerating digital adoption and technology investment in an industry where can have tremendous benefits to all. At Polestar we work with many healthtech businesses, helping them secure funding to achieve their growth plans. We are always happy to provide some insight of what could be possible with your business, please do get in touch.