Delivering care to and actively engaging patients is a growing priority in many nations across the globe. Ageing populations, physician shortages and increasing cost pressures are not exclusive to the United States, and Polycom’s most recent study – titled Healthcare in 2025 – highlights results gathered in a survey of over a thousand healthcare professionals.
Statistics indicate that three million patients worldwide are already receiving some kind of professional medical care via home monitoring devices. That number is expected to grow to around 19.1 million patients globally by the year 2018.
The survey results show that respondents across all regions – Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific (APAC) and North America (NA) – were most concerned about how both the ageing and increasing population will cause a strain on the healthcare eco-system.
Respondents also felt that government policy – or lack thereof – is in part responsible for the bottlenecks in healthcare delivery. Respondents from EMEA and NA were more critical of government policy compared to their counterparts in APAC.
There was optimism about technology’s ability to solve the healthcare challenges, with the majority of respondents expecting technologies like big data, internet of things (IOT) and mobile connectivity to be in place and fully functional by 2025. But it was also determined that technology alone would not be able to solve these challenges.
It requires three other factors to work in tandem with it; government policy, revamping current incentive frameworks, and hiring tech experts.
All in all, respondents seem cautiously optimistic about the future, as well as technology’s role in supporting innovation. Despite a set of challenges and obstacles, there’s a general sense that today’s improvements will pay-off by 2025.