While healthcare technology may not be exactly the same as one may find within the home care industry, there is a great deal of crossover. Healthcare technology continues to expand and grow, leading to improved care and support for patients across a wide spectrum of needs.
By looking into healthcare technology, one may grasp the future for home care. 5G technology is the future of communication. It is the fastest communication technology developed so far and is being spread across the country, beginning in major metropolitan areas and spreading to suburban and, ultimately, rural regions.
As 5G technology gains greater traction within the healthcare marketplace, it will likely spill over into the home care sector. Any type of new technological developments and innovations require increased investments, but the long-term benefits have a tendency to play out and prove effective.
The same may very well be possible for 5G technology within the home care sector. One such innovation involves real time collaboration and assistance for caregivers, including emergency medical technicians.
As noted in the Healthcare Tech Outlook blog, 5G: The Driving Force of Future Healthcare:
“With 5G, home healthcare will gain traction. Services like monitoring, therapeutic, and rehabilitative services will be possible at home. According to Statista, the global healthcare device market will be worth $4.3 billion in 2019, and by 2021 the market will be a whopping $17.8 billion. Patients with chronic diseases will take advantage of these smart tools. Smart wearables provide relevant information to the nurses and doctors in real time to take appropriate action in an emergency.
5G readies a hospital and its team to receive the patient with proper personnel and equipment based on the personal data and images obtained from the paramedic’s team. It will also be beneficial in remote and rural areas where medical specialists can collaborate with an emergency medical technician (EMT) and assist them in the field.”
If the same technology that is benefiting EMTs could be employed within the home care sector, home care aides and other providers might have an opportunity to get hands-on support and assistance from trained medical professionals (including doctors) for a variety of issues. This could expand possibilities within the home care sector, opening up avenues and gateways to more aging seniors and disabled adults to get adequate care at home, even if they require some level of direct medical attention.
By investing in 5G and other advanced technologies, home care agencies and companies stand to gain significantly over the next decade.
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