Read on to discover how these trends will impact healthcare design. We’ll also discuss how you can use Rockfon® MediCare® products to create harmonious and healthy spaces for doctor-patient interactions.
The Emerging Trend of Virtual Care
Following the global pandemic of 2020–21, the healthcare industry has been forced to address how they interact with patients. These interactions, once almost exclusively face-to-face, now embrace digital-first healthcare solutions including telehealth, telemedicine, and telemonitoring.
In this model, healthcare is delivered through digital communications platforms, which allow doctors to talk with their patients remotely. A range of digital communications solutions have been introduced to help facilitate virtual care, incorporating artificial intelligence and cybersecurity measures.
These tools allow for consultations and patient monitoring to take place virtually. The creation of exciting new smart hospitals helps improve the patient experience. This is an integral aspect of how virtual care will evolve in the future.
This includes creating outpatient settings for a range of health services, including:
- Consultations with specialists
- Lab work and diagnostics
- Minor procedures and emergencies
Medical practitioners are rethinking how they design their interior spaces to meet the requirements of this emerging trend. This means creating spaces that enhance human interaction over digital communication systems by fostering innovative environments. Sustainable interior design materials that embody health, safety, and well-being provide the essential building blocks for these spaces.
The Advantages of Telehealth
The use of technology to deliver healthcare brings a number of advantages. It can reduce costs and help care for patients with mobility limitations through convenience. It can also give people who live in rural areas consistent access to healthcare support they might otherwise miss out on.
Other advantages include:
- Studies have shown that telemonitoring and at-home care can reduce the amount of time patients spend in hospitals. This is particularly helpful for patients with chronic illnesses;
- Doctors are reporting that telemedicine practises are improving patient attendance;
- A reduction in exposure to other people with illnesses means patients won’t get sick as a result of visiting their doctors;
- Patients can get the consultation they need without having to make arrangements for their children.
Let’s examine some of the key factors that are driving the telehealth market’s growth. We’ll also consider the general trends for hospital buildings to keep in mind when designing interiors for virtual care.