Here are our healthcare predictions for 2016:
- More Wearables: More medical “wearables” will be developed with increasingly sophisticated technology to offer less invasive, but effective, monitoring and treatment for health conditions. Many healthcare and technology companies will create mobile apps, wearable sensors, and ways for consumers to access their personal health records. Expect to continue seeing devices and apps that allow you to have a more active role in your healthcare. The market for next generation wearables is expected to increase exponentially.
- End-of-Life Care: We predict that end-of-life care will gain more public attention as the issue will continue to occupy headlines. Hospice will increase. Physicians will have more end-of-life care discussions with patients due to increasing drug prices, high deductible plans, and new payment models.
- Employers: Employers will start to treat healthcare costs much more seriously. They will have an active role in employee healthcare to manage their healthcare costs. Employers may require monitoring health using online tools, they may choose which doctors and hospitals employees go to, and they may require second opinions before high cost procedures or treatments.
Those are just a few of our predictions for 2016. All of these advances and trends will continue to grow in 2016 and beyond.
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