7 Shocking Healthcare Predictions for 2018 You Need to Know

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As the 2017 is coming to an end, many scientists and experts try to predict what should we expect in 2018 in health industry. Nexter found most impressive future predictions for health.

Bioprinting

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Source: Frank Wojciechowski

3D printers are being used almost everywhere so far. It made a real revolution in creating different things starting from toys and ending with bridges or buildings. Bioprinting is another huge area for using 3D printing technologies, where cell function and viability are preserved within the printed construct. Scientists plan to apply 3D printers to engineer organs in the laboratory. Thus, 3D printing could end the deadly shortage of donor organs and save more lives.

AI technologies

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The usage and developing of popular digital health technology solutions such as artificial intelligence (AI), internet of medical things (IoMT), Big Data analytics, and robotics across select healthcare use cases will increase in 2018.  In addition, Cloud based PaaS/SaaS platforms will be integral to any healthcare data monetization model.

“Blockchain technology will move from perceived hype to reality bandwagon demonstrating real value with initial commercial deployments across health insurance claim adjudication and revenue cycle management use cases. The debate will now move onto the topic of adoption, exploring [how] and [where] can blockchain technology be used in the healthcare space,” said Kamaljit Behera, Industry Analyst, Visionary Healthcare.

New players

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Source: healthcareitnews.com

Expected, that such giant companies as Amazon, Apple, Google, and IBM will continue their attempts to expand their influence on the healthcare ecosystem. That with push traditional healthcare companies to break their main business model and make healthcare more accessible, affordable, and consumer-centric.

Technologies for people

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Source: forbes.com

More and more companies will be using the perks of today technologies including prescription delivery. CVS Health will start delivering prescriptions to customers’ doors for free in early 2018 in an effort to offset declining in-store sales and help maintain its dominance as Amazon considers diving into the pharmacy business.

Health apps

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Source: slopemedia.org

Today you can easily find health app for everything, but the developing industry doesn’t stop. Global mobile health venture funding reached a record $1.3 billion last year, according to Mercom. The field will continue to boom in 2018 (the total global market could exceed $100 billion by 2022), especially as the FDA moves to make it easier for mobile health apps to reach the market.

Statistics age prediction

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Source: health.harvard.edu

By 2018, the number of people over 65 will be around 580 million – 1-% of the global population. That is on of every 4 Japanese, every 5 Western Europeans, 10 Chinese.

Health spendings

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Total global pharmaceutical spending is expected to increase by 6.9% a year from $1.61 trillion in 2018. Oncology is expected to remain the main contributor among therapeutic areas.

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