At-home patient monitoring using tele-health platforms, allowing remote caregivers to be notified in real time of any incidents – that is the near future of Australian healthcare outlined in a new KPMG paper. The report assesses likely short, medium and long-term changes from the perspective of consumers and healthcare providers.
Healthcare reimagined examines key trends and predictions in healthcare, especially the disconnect between consumer expectations and the current patient experience, emerging technologies and treatment innovation – with the more pervasive shift towards connected healthcare.
The report argues that an ageing population, rising demands, huge medical advances and limited financial resources means major reforms to our health systems will be essential.
Healthcare on demand/personalised, connected health. The current focus on pro-active wellness (food, exercise, behaviours) will continue, as will digital engagement – with consumer-held electronic medical records allowing patients access to information, advice and treatment when it suits them.
Treatment innovation: over the next 5-10 years we will see
Liz Forsyth, KPMG Head of Health, Ageing & Human Services (HAHS), said: “Consumer perspectives will change. Solutions improving health in a holistic way over a period of time will gain more traction, with increasing focus on self-management. Consumers will increasingly demand control and seek to understand and influence treatment and referral decisions – and the new tools and platforms opening up, will give them the information and transparency to do this.
“In the long run we see much more virtual treatment at home. Affordable and user-friendly tele-health platform and in-home monitoring devices will enable health professionals to do this virtually – which is great news for regional areas. Precision medicine – taking into account individual variability in genes - will also become more prevalent given dramatic reductions in cost of genome sequencing. Fully exploiting the data will be a long-term proposition. And of course the 3D printing revolution, and the increases in AI will only continue and the current use of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality will develop further.”
The report has a number of suggestions for healthcare organisations facing a future of unparalleled uncertainty and multiple possible outcomes. These include:
For this, cross-disciplinary teams are needed which collectively understand clinical implications, technical process improvement and robotic process automation.
Evan Rawstron, KPMG HAHS Partner said: ‘Healthcare is undergoing the biggest period of change in its history. Increasing consumer demands, demographic shifts, changing patterns of disease, new models of care, and rapidly emerging technologies are creating a more complex environment for clinicians, researchers and health service operators. The leading health systems and services will be those which identify the key trends early, and respond effectively through measured adoption of the right technologies at the right time”.
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