Health care is one of the most dynamically changing fields. Here are the latest trends in 2019, which we believe will persist for at least another few years because of all the promise they’re showing.

Blockchain Systems

Admittedly, this healthcare trend started before 2019, and will continue long after the year has passed. Blockchain technology allows users to distribute digital information without risking it being copied. Blockchain was created to serve Bitcoin, but its uses are expanding to the medical sector. It will make it possible to transfer data across health systems by moving away from centralized patient data systems. Data ownership is decentralized, but still a component of a larger interconnected system that enables data sharing. This will help keep patient records safer while making it easier for providers to exchange information on patient care at the same time.

According to Forbes Magazine, up to 10 percent of health care-related blockchain applications will move from pilot stages to commercial availability. This year, we might see blockchain systems really invading the healthcare industry and changing the collection and sharing of data between health systems forever.

Electronic Medical Records or EMRs

This trend also isn’t new to 2019, but it’s really goingmainstream now. Most health systems across the country are adopting EMRs and patients are availing themselves of having digital medical records available.

This technology goes above and beyond making patients’ records digitally available. Records in an electronic format enable providers across all health care systems to communicate and share that information and ensure that providers have all patient records immediately available to them. As a result, doctors have all of their patients’ medical history available at all times. They are able to make better decisions about patient care.

Medical Devices and Telemedicine

Blockchain systems and Electronic Medical Records will not only let doctors communicate with each other better and more easily, but also allow patients to connect with their treating physicians directly without having to go in for appointments. That way, they are more actively engaged in their health. As we collect health data on a myriad of apps and the “Internet of Things” grows, the potential for interaction between our technology and our EMRs increases. For example, there is a device that lets consumers use their smartphones to take a medical-grade electrocardiogram.

And the Best Trend: Value-Based Care

There is one last (and perhaps the most important) trend, which is a consequence of technology – value-based care. Doctors will be paid based on the quality of care they provide. Now, payment is based on their work hours or the number of patients they see. Value-based care payment models will grow as technology allows us to better measure patient outcomes.