22 Feb Five MedTech trends to shape healthcare in 2023
Five MedTech trends to shape healthcare in 2023
Since the initial COVID-19 outbreaks sent the nation into lockdown three years ago, our healthcare system has been facing disruption while under resourced and tackling backlogs – the waiting list for elective surgery has now reached a record seven million people. Reduced capacity, the closure of outpatient clinics, and remote diagnostics merely scratch the surface of the complexities burdening healthcare systems today.
Despite these challenges, there has been an increase in innovation and breakthroughs in ground-breaking medical technologies that are helping improve healthcare delivery and reduce the physical and financial burden on healthcare systems.
As we reflect on three eventful years in healthcare, here are five key MedTech trends that could shape the industry in 2023…
In-person consultations on the rise
The pandemic forced people to adapt to the way they work, and the healthcare industry was no exception. GPs and nurses moved their consultations online as they looked to find new ways to remain safe at work. Now, without the immediate threat of a covid outbreak, clinicians are facing backlash as many of their patients’ conditions cannot be identified over a video or phone call. With an increasing number of GPs and specialists recognising this issue, we are expecting to see an increase in in-person consultations as a direct result.
Maximising self-monitoring technologies
The increase in pressure towards the healthcare industry has paved the way for a new method for patients to monitor their conditions more efficiently. This year, we predict an increase in the use of portable equipment which enables patients to understand how they can manage their conditions remotely, reducing the need for more regular check-ups. With an increasing number of patients dealing with delays in surgery, the implementation of self-monitoring technologies will allow them to feel more comfortable as they wait for treatments.
Healthcare services have traditionally been slow at adopting new treatments. However, with the advanced development of the MedTech industry, treatments can be tested and demonstrate patient benefits faster. What’s more, the urgency fuelled by the pandemic has driven the need for the adoption of innovative technologies to meet the growing demand of patients.
Addressing the sustainability dilemma
During the pandemic, sustainability was often disregarded in favour of reducing transmissions with large volumes of medical waste incinerated. However, this has driven the need for new solutions that can improve longevity, sustainability, and reduce transmission – simultaneously. Consequently, clinicians and other healthcare professionals will redirect their efforts to look for MedTech innovation, such as UV lighting technology, sterilisation fog rooms or similar, to meet their sustainability targets without sacrificing patient outcomes.
Supply chain uncertainty
Lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and recent supply chain issues in China have all had a detrimental impact on the healthcare system, highlighting the importance of a robust supply chain. MedTech companies will be forced to find alternative ways to ensure products are always readily available. As the industry continues to move forward, healthcare systems will look to deliver critical products in a timely manner.
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