Publish Date: June 11, 2024
Author: Brenda Mitaly
Tags: Blog - SeubertU

2024 Healthcare Forecast & Industry Trends Update

By Brenda Mitaly | Seubert Benefits Consultant and Lead Innovation & Strategy Consultant

With six months behind us and six months ahead, here are six key trends to watch for the rest of 2024 that promise to revolutionize healthcare.

The healthcare industry is on the brink of a transformative era, driven by rapid advancements in technology and innovative approaches to patient care. From artificial intelligence and precision medicine to remote monitoring and wearable health technology, these developments promise to enhance patient outcomes, streamline processes, and address longstanding disparities in healthcare access. This article explores the top trends shaping the future of healthcare, highlighting the impact of artificial intelligence (AI), precision medicine, remote monitoring, workforce transformation, health equity, and cell and gene therapies.

1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning: AI and machine learning applications in the healthcare space are expected to grow, particularly in areas such as medical imaging, diagnostics, personalized medicine, and predictive analytics. These technologies have the potential to improve patient outcomes, streamline processes, and reduce costs. In this article, IBM discusses the role of AI in everything from answering patient questions to assisting with surgeries and developing new pharmaceuticals.

2. Precision Medicine: Advances in genomics, molecular biology, and data analytics have fueled the development of precision medicine, which tailors medical treatment to each patient’s individual characteristics. This results in more effective and targeted therapies for various diseases. Read how Johnson & Johnson is harnessing the cutting-edge field of tailor-made medicine.

3. Remote Monitoring and Wearable Health Technology: The adoption of wearable devices and remote monitoring technologies for tracking vital signs, chronic conditions, and overall health and wellness is expected to continue. These tools enable proactive healthcare management, early detection of health issues, and support for independent living among aging populations. To understand more about harnessing wearable technology for real-world data, check out this article published by Med-Tech News.

4. Healthcare Workforce Transformation: The healthcare workforce is evolving to meet changing patient needs and technological advancements. This includes upskilling healthcare professionals in digital health technologies, expanding the role of advanced practice providers, and addressing workforce shortages in key areas such as nursing and primary care. In this article, the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions highlights best practices for utilizing technology and workforce innovation to make work more meaningful.

5. Health Equity and Access: Addressing health disparities and ensuring equitable access to healthcare services remain critical goals. Efforts to improve health equity include increasing access to care in underserved communities, addressing social determinants of health, and promoting culturally competent care. Here is how Highmark breaks down social determinants of health in the workplace.

6. Cell and Gene Therapies: Continued expansion across a wide range of therapeutic classes, including oncology, genetic disorders, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative disorders, and rare diseases. Advancements in gene editing technologies and data analytics, bioinformatics, and artificial intelligence.  Technology advancements are expected to play a role in optimizing patient selection, monitoring treatment outcomes, and identifying potential biomarkers. Check out the 13 alternative therapies that made Clarivate’s 2024 Drugs to Watch List, published by BioSpace.

As the healthcare landscape evolves over the next six months (and beyond), the integration of advanced technologies and innovative treatments is poised to revolutionize patient care. Artificial intelligence and machine learning will enhance diagnostics and personalized medicine, while precision medicine will offer more targeted and effective therapies. Remote monitoring and wearable health technology will empower proactive health management, and workforce transformation will ensure healthcare professionals are equipped to meet new challenges. Efforts to promote health equity will be critical in providing accessible and culturally competent care, and advancements in cell and gene therapies will open new frontiers in treating complex diseases. Together, these trends represent a future where healthcare is more personalized, efficient, and equitable.

Brenda is a Benefits Consultant and the Lead Innovation & Strategy Consultant in Seubert’s Employee Benefits Department. She joined Seubert in 2018 and has 16 years of industry experience. In her current role, Brenda is responsible for developing multi-year strategic plans and evaluating innovative solutions based on client-specific risk factors, culture, and emerging trends.

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