30 Jan MedTech trends to expect in 2024
In this article on MedTech Trends in 2024, our CEO Bernard Ross outlines how research, treatments, and technology will combine to help streamline the delivery of care while improving patient outcomes.
From AI and wearable tech, to telemedicine and remote solutions – the use of these existing solutions will evolve this year to support the treatment of patients while saving health system costs. Here are a few examples of how MedTech will play out in 2024…
Combining AI and Wearable Tech to Personalise Healthcare
AI is currently used to analyse health data and support the diagnosis and recommendation of treatments to patients. Wearable technology has broadened opportunities with home-recovery, helping patients to easily and safely monitor their own health at home while transferring real-time data to medical professionals – freeing up hospital beds and saving staff time.
Combining these technologies ensures health data can be collected and analysed quickly and efficiently to flag any health risks early on. This can help reduce the number of health issues developing into medical emergencies and reduce the number of unnecessary face to face appointments.
In 2024, both AI and wearable devices will combine further, working together to help create more personalised treatment plans and deliver high quality care to patients while increasing operational efficiency and reducing costs.
Taking Advantage of Telemedicine
Telemedicine only started becoming a familiar practice since the pandemic, but it has demonstrated it plays a crucial role in freeing up healthcare staff’s time through remote consultations for non-urgent care.
Telemedicine, too, can integrate with AI technology to increase efficiency, helping hospitals and GPs organise appointments across a larger number of patients than before, and connecting them to healthcare professionals for consultation. The challenge in 2024 will be making telemedicine more accessible and easier to use, increasing patient satisfaction.
Strengthening Security Measures
While technology progresses and opens new doors for the healthcare sector, it also opens entry points for hackers and cyber attacks. As hospitals and other healthcare centres adopt new digital solutions to tackle backlogs and waiting lists, they need to ensure patient data and networks are secure to protect sensitive information, eliminate potential disruptions in care, and avoid liability.
This year will see a greater investment into cybersecurity defences to reduce these risks.
Read more predictions from Bernard Ross on Today’s Medical Device Developments here.