‘With more optimized technology, health care will become home care’
STOCKHOLM – As advances in technology continue over the next several years, health care will become decentralized, moving from hospitals toward homes, according to a recent report from Ericsson Consumer Labs.
Two other key findings from the report: Patient data will become centralized, turning hospitals into data centers; and increasing dependence on wearables and remote treatments will make 5G networks essential to provide reliable and secure services.
“With more optimized technology, health care will become home care,” said Dr. Michael Bjorn, head of research at Ericsson Consumer Labs.
To gather data for its report, Ericsson researchers conducted an online survey of 900 decision makers across six industries, as well as 4,500 advanced smartphone users ages 18-69. The respondents were based in the United States, Germany, Japan, South Korea and the U.K.
Bjorn said one of the most surprising findings of the survey was that, while consumers and industry experts reported similar emerging trends, their reasoning differed. For example, 35% of consumers said that online access to a central repository of medical records would help them easily manage the quality and efficiency of their care, while 45% of industry experts said a central repository would promote health care provisioning.
“The trends are pulling in the same direction, but for different reasons,” he said.
Bjorn said for a health care transformation to succeed, collaboration will be necessary between different players, both within and outside of the health care industry.
“However, this transformation of care moving closer to home and data moving from patients to hospitals is going to be driven by the needs of patients with chronic ailments, and it is likely to benefit these patients the most,” he said.