4 trends revolutionising patient-centric care

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In this article, we dive into the heart of the healthcare revolution looking at the key trends and drivers of increasing tech adoption in patient-centric care.

1. Telehealth revolution

The widespread adoption of telehealth has revolutionised the accessibility of healthcare services. Virtual consultations, remote monitoring, and telemedicine applications have empowered patients with greater flexibility and convenience in seeking medical attention.

Notably, this revolution extends beyond overcoming geographical barriers; it taps into a broader shift in patient attitudes towards data sharing. Increasingly, patients are more willing to share their health data, fostering a collaborative healthcare approach. This willingness is bolstered by the integration of wearables, ranging from smartwatches to fitness trackers, which have become invaluable tools for patient monitoring. These devices enable real-time tracking of vital signs, physical activity, and other health metrics, providing continuous data for both patients and healthcare providers.

This integration not only facilitates early detection of health issues but also promotes a proactive approach to preventive care. Beyond mere connectivity between patients and healthcare professionals, this trend underscores the establishment of a more engaged and proactive healthcare community

Read here about how our portfolio company, CSL, is supporting remote monitoring by providing critical connectivity into the telecare sector.

2. Artificial Intelligence for personalised care

AI is at the forefront of ushering in a new era of personalised medicine. Through the analysis of vast datasets, AI algorithms can identify patterns, predict patient outcomes, and tailor treatment plans to individual needs. This not only improves diagnostic accuracy but also ensures that each patient receives a treatment plan uniquely suited to their specific health profile.

Real-life applications highlight the impact of this on the healthcare sector. For instance, we helped teleradiology reporting provider, 4ways, increase its focus on how it can leverage AI technology to enhance patient safety, accuracy, and clinical outcomes. In the realm of medication management, companies such as AiCure use their platform’s AI to optimise dosages, accounting for individual responses and ensuring precise adherence to treatment plans. These tangible examples underscore the transformative influence of AI on reshaping healthcare into a more personalised, efficient, and responsive system.

3. Seamless data interopability

One of the challenges in healthcare has been the siloed nature of information systems. However, the drive towards seamless data interoperability is breaking down these silos. Integrated healthcare data allows for a comprehensive view of a patient’s medical history, enabling more informed decision-making by healthcare providers and improving the continuity of care.

The significance of data interoperability extends beyond individual patient care. Companies adept at implementing interoperable solutions not only contribute to improved collaboration among healthcare professionals but also help to streamline processes and drive efficiency. This plays a crucial role in advancing medical research, facilitating drug development, and enhancing the precision of medicine delivery.

4. Need for efficiency

The healthcare industry is in the midst of an unprecedented revolution, undergoing a period of rapid change driven by workforce and financial challenges on one side and rising demand with ageing populations on the other. The imperative to simplify patient care coordination and delivery is prompting an increased adoption of technology.

The anticipated surge in the adoption of digital tools in turn necessitates a parallel investment in a comprehensive digital skills-building programme. This is vital for equipping healthcare professionals with the capabilities required to get value from emerging tech. So, while streamlining operations is a priority, the focus on digital solutions underscores a broader strategy for future-proofing European healthcare businesses.

As we look to the future, the significant steps forward in innovation are enabling more patient-focused care to deliver enhanced effectiveness, better patient outcomes and more compassionate healthcare solutions. Get in touch to find out more about how we have, and are looking to, help innovative healthcare companies deliver more in this area.

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Jin Ni Ooi

"I work in the Investment Team at ECI, supporting assessment of investment opportunities and deal execution. Prior to ECI, I spent 5 years at PwC, formerly in assurance before moving into their financial due diligence practice, following which I worked as an Investment Associate at Blixt."

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