5 Health Care Trends in 2016
Jan. 18, 2016
While there is no magic bullet to predict the future of health care jobs, there’s enough data out there to help us at Concorde Career College focus in on trends in the health care industry.
With this data, we can determine what things are on the horizon of changing the nursing and allied health field for 2016.
1. HEALTH CARE IN THE PALM OF PATIENT’S HANDS
According to the Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Health Research Institute, consumers will be using their smartphones and tablets to help manage their health status and health care. These techy gadgets will be used by consumers for diagnosis of a condition and for a treatment plan.
Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Health Research Institute also states “The percentage of consumers with at least one medical problem has doubled their use of their mobile phones for health-related data from 2013 to 2015.”
Consumers are even more willing today to have a consultation with their doctor via their mobile device.
2. CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPIES
Cancer immunotherapies will be changing the landscape of cancer treatment. Top companies like Merck, Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb will be the pioneers in 2016.
Cancer immunotherapies seek out cancer that is hiding and kill it. It gives the immune system a chance to fight it out. Specifically, it hones in on cancers with high PD-L1 expression for a higher survival rate.
3. NON-PHYSICIAN CAREGIVERS
The Health Research Institute reports that consumers are open to receiving care from health care extenders. This change in paradigm includes physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
Underlying this change, is the seeking of more convenient health care, less expensive healthcare and the ability to receive health care from their homes instead of a health care facility or doctor’s office. Attaining a health care degree as a nurse practitioner will help meet that demand.
4. MILLENNIALS: WORK-BALANCE LIFE VERSUS HEALTH BENEFITS
Not only are consumers shifting their paradigm of what health care professionals treat them, they have a new outlook on work-balance life issues. Employees are seeking a work-balance over health benefits.
Many feel that a flexible work environment with work-from-home options should be a component of their employment. Without a doubt, employers will have to rethink their current benefits to suit different lifestyles.
5. A FOCUS ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE
Behavioral health is moving to the forefront. With many American adults experiencing mental health issues, consumers want effective and well-designed preventative mental health services.
Mental health issues cost companies billions of dollars each year. The health care industry, insurance providers and employers will be seeing ways to keep costs down in 2016.
All around, there are new trends emerging in the health care industry for 2016. It’s fueled by technology and a new focus of what consumers are looking for in their health care. And with these factors, the health care industry must adapt.