Technology has revolutionized many aspects of our lives (there seems to be an app for almost everything these days), but our modern healthcare system has remained largely on the sidelines of this transformation.
One small example: Electronic health records have existed for more than 30 years. As of 2008, only 38% of office-based physicians had converted to e-records, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That number increased to about 78% of office-based physicians as of 2013, but it shows how slow the healthcare industry is to adopt new digital tools.
Technological progress in the industry is more of a steady slog than headline-making disruption, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t big things happening. Here are five important trends that will shape your healthcare experience this year and beyond.