6 Trends in Healthcare

Tatiana Bobrus
CEO of SAMSONOWA & Partners
Moderator of the strategic session “Healthcare of the Future”

Over the past year, most of the innovations have been aimed at combating the pandemic. The coronavirus has uncovered existing problems in national health systems and accelerated digitalization. In a crisis situation, the leaders of the countries were forced to make decisions based on incomplete and often inaccurate data. Therefore, the question of a faster and better exchange of medical data has become acute. The moment has come when all players in the healthcare system are aware of the current challenges and are ready to move towards smart medicine.

The pandemic has dramatically accelerated the development of healthcare technologies such as telemedicine, wearable devices, medical robots, and organic 3D printing. Every day new startups offer prototypes and solutions that change the approach to modern medicine. In this article, our team has collected current trends in healthcare and case studies of companies, showing how these trends can change the medicine of the future.

1. Smart hospitals

The concepts of smart city or smart home have been well known for a long time, but what about smart hospitals? New technologies are changing the entire healthcare industry, and first of all, the hospitals. Big data and cloud storage, integration of different devices within the hospital, use of machine learning algorithms for analyzing patient information, diagnostics, and treatment – all these things are already part of our reality. Moreover, a lot of attention goes to improving the services within hospitals. Comfortable conditions, personal patient rooms that look like a hotel room, customized facilities – everything to make patients feel more at home.

Mayo Clinic, USA

The Mayo Clinic in the United States uses big data and provides real-time bedside analytics for each patient. It allows them to save time (from 3 to 5 minutes) on analyzing information, to use the competencies of doctors more effectively, to increase the reliability of decisions made, and even to reduce costs. Moreover, the hospital uses a special AWARE technology. AWARE (Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation) prevents information overload by using analytics to filter relevant patient data and support best-practice treatments. For instance, for patients on medical ventilation, the system primarily monitors the level of lung damage.

Kaiser Permanente, USA

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center combines the latest technologies in treatment with comfort for the patient. Patients can order food (if there are no health limitations), find out information about their medications, go online, dim the lights, change the temperature in the room, and much more. All this can be done without having to ask the staff for help, just using the wireless control panel. All wards are equipped with a special digital information board, which allows doctors to get acquainted with the patient’s clinical data before the meeting. This increases patient satisfaction and makes consultations more effective.

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Ashley River Tower, USA

The hospital at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) combines the power of modern science and technology into a seamless patient experience. To create a personalized patient-focused experience MUSC uses technologies such as cloud computing, machine learning algorithms, and the “Internal Internet of Things”. Moreover, in the hospital patients receive a service comparable to the comfort of a luxury hotel. Hospital facilities include private wards, concierge service, employee and guest parking, dedicated family lounges, even retail stores, and on-site restaurants.

2. Wearable devices

Wearable devices are non-invasive, self-contained devices that collect, analyze, and aggregate physiological data to monitor health and improve well-being. Currently, wearable devices target three main areas: cardiology, diabetes care, and neurology. However, potentially their application extends to other areas and diseases. Wearable devices help patients to track and monitor such indicators as heart rate, number of steps, blood pressure, body temperature, blood sugar, etc.

Biobeat, Israel

The Biobeat sensor is located on the patient’s chest and uses machine learning algorithms based on big data to provide doctors with up-to-date information about the patient’s current condition and the necessary care. Biobeat simultaneously analyzes data from 13 indicators, including blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, heart rate, respiratory rate, ECG, heart rate variability, temperature, etc. The sensor can be used both for inpatient treatment in the hospital and at home.

TracPatch

The TracPatch wearable technology offers a solution that adapts postoperative care to a patient. TracPatch is a tracking patch that monitors the patient’s condition during the first six weeks of recovery at home after joint surgery. TracPatch records data such as range of motion, the performance of exercise norms, or temperature in the operation area. Data is continuously transmitted to the cloud platform, where doctors can track progress and, if necessary, take action. TracPatch connects via Bluetooth to the mobile app, allowing the patient to monitor their recovery as well.

AireSone, Singapore

The number of children suffering from chronic diseases (such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, or diabetes)  is constantly growing. Modern systems for monitoring vital parameters restrict movement, causing discomfort in patients. AireSone develops wearable medical patches – AireSone Junior – that help track a child’s breathing rate and heart rate, both day and night, to detect breathing difficulties. All data is stored and displayed in the app, so, in case of serious violations, the system immediately notifies parents.

3. Smart drug delivery

Smart delivery of drugs and active ingredients is an approach of delivering drugs directly to certain organs at certain times and in certain doses. Special targeted drug delivery systems maintain the concentration of the exact dose of drugs in the body and avoid the need to take the drugs again. Moreover, this model helps to reduce the possible side effects of the drugs taken.

ARx, USA

ARx focuses on the technology of creating soluble films that are placed on the mucosa and contain drugs. The company produces different types of films, such as oral thin film, sublingual and buccal films, as well as different forms of transdermal patches. Drug film systems are designed to bind to complex mucosal tissues (mainly on the inside of a cheek or under a tongue). Thus, the necessary healing substances enter the body quickly, bypassing the digestive system and gastrointestinal tract, which reduces possible side effects.

Right Sciences, USA

American startup Right Sciences produces a transdermal patch that delivers plant-based drugs through the skin. The patented patch technology allows you to deliver individual formulations to each patient. The patch is used for a number of clinical indications, such as insomnia, migraine, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and others.

Adherium, New Zealand, Australia

Adherium is an international respiratory healthcare company. It specializes in remote monitoring and data management solutions for its users. The company develops, manufactures, and supplies respiratory devices to patients, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. The special Hailie platform provides reminders for users and usage monitoring, as well as real-time data collection and feedback from doctors.

4. Medical robots

Modern robotics help doctors perform complex procedures with greater precision and flexibility. Medical robots are usually tied to a fixed location, such as surgery robots or pharmacy robots. However, some modern robots move freely around hospital spaces, helping to serve more patients. For example, in Thailand, a robot that was originally designed to monitor stroke patients was repurposed to contactless measure patients’ temperature and help doctors communicate remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

YouIbot, China

YouIbot is a startup in China that has developed an anti-virus robot. This robot has six ultraviolet bands to disinfect surfaces, and an infrared camera to scan the room for viruses and measure the temperature of patients.

The Mayo Clinic, USA

The Mayo Clinic uses autonomous robots to safely transport medical equipment, including COVID-19 tests. These robots move around the city districts, collect test samples from residents without contact and take them to the laboratory for further research.

5. Organic 3D Printing

Organic 3D printing, or 3D-bioprinting,  allows researchers to model diseases, create their own 3D tissues, and study the human body with a level of control and repeatability that was simply not possible 5 years ago. For pharmaceutical development, 3D printing technology offers a means of testing drugs faster, cheaper, and with greater biological significance than other conventional methods, such as animal testing.

ROKIT Healthcare, South Korea

ROKIT HEALTHCARE is a biotech company in the field of regenerative medicine. The company uses treatment methods based on the principles of biological 3D and 4D printing, as well as the use of autologous stem cells to regenerate and restore the functions of human tissues and organs. These methods are widely applied in the field of bioengineering, from screening new drug products and modeling diseases to direct application in human tissue transplantation and regeneration.

Allevi, USA

Allevi provides tools and solutions for the design, engineering, and construction of organic life. The main development of the company is an organic 3D printer that allows you to print multicellular tissues easily and quickly, embed the vascular network in thick tissues, print tools for complex organ geometries, and much more. Such printers can be used to find solutions to the most complex problems of humanity, like treating serious diseases or eliminating the queue for organ transplants.

Advanced Solutions, USA

BioAssemblyBot is an intelligent robot used in science and applied medicine to create 3D biological structures. This robot can produce living tissues more consistently than ever before and then analyze them. BioAssemblyBot integrates smoothly with laboratory equipment. It is already used in a variety of industries, including drug development, tissue therapy, biomaterial development, and precision personalized medicine.

6. Telemedicine

Telemedicine is a part of medicine that uses remote technologies for real-time patient care. It includes such elements as online consultations of doctors, remote diagnostics, digital transmission of medical data, remote access to all patient records, etc. Telemedicine platforms connect patient’s experiences, covering all stages: from the initial diagnosis to treatment and further care. Remote treatment allows for a more personalized approach, based on individual historical data,  and makes possible effective ways to treat complex and chronic diseases, such as cancer.

Teladoc Health and Livongo

American healthcare companies Teladoc Health and Livongo merged in October 2020. This allowed them to start developing a platform that combines telemedicine and chronic disease treatment approaches. The platform can process large amounts of data using artificial intelligence algorithms. It includes the full path of patients, thus creating a new virtual medical experience for them.

Google Cloud and Amwell

In August 2020 Google Cloud and American telemedicine provider Amwell announced a strategic partnership that will apply Google’s artificial intelligence and data analytics capabilities to Amwell’s telemedicine offerings. The companies are working together now to create a remote healthcare platform that will make it easier for patients and doctors to navigate and go through the treatment process online.

Conclusion

At SAMSONOWA & Partners, we understand that it is important not only to provide a deep analysis of the industry but also to study the world’s best practices. This helps us to form a holistic view of the market’s current state, and as a result, offer better solutions to our customers. The topic of healthcare and the future of medicine is now more relevant than ever. That is why we are happy to explore all its elements in detail. With this knowledge, we are constantly improving our methodology for new product development, as well as adapting it for customers in the healthcare sector.

2021-07-14T15:12:34+00:00
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