What’s the new normal in health care?

What’s the new normal in health care?

Change is the only certain as we start to look beyond the pandemic.

We now have an opportunity to shape the new normal – but what does that mean? Experts at SAS explore 8 key trends and areas of change in this report, challenging traditional ways of working, provoking new questions and inspiring new ideas. We’ve picked out the following key trends from the report below:

The shape and delivery of health care services will look different to today

Whilst the landscape of patient care was already changing, the pandemic has triggered a more significant review of point of care, as well as delivery of care. Virtual consultations have grown through necessity, but will our collective experiences embed this for the future? The report explores care model innovation, new needs for infrastruc­ture and service and the potential for disruption by new players.

AI has the potential to play a key role in the future of managing HAIs

Patient safety and infection control have been key issues in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. A review of approaches to hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) will be inevitable. What role could AI now play in keeping patients safe? The report examines a case study from a hospital in Denmark which has become the first place in the world to implement a complete system for monitoring HAIs. The expectation is to reduce the number of infections during hospitalisation by one third  – is there an opportunity to expand this kind of approach?  

Prediction, prevention and early intervention will be a priority

Keeping citizens healthy and well – as well as reducing the burden of the sick on health care services have both been prevalent themes through the pandemic. These will continue to be important themes as we shape the future. What role does technology play in helping us forecast and manage future pandemics? Supercharging technologies like computer vision, text analytics and predictive modeling with AI can help doctors diagnose diseases earlier and with greater accuracy. The report is packed with practical ideas for how data and technology will be essential as part of our future for prediction, prevention and early intervention.

Now is the time to unlock the power of data-driven thinking in hospitals

The amount of data collected and analysed by hospitals and health care organisations across the world was already on the rise, but the global pandemic has sharpened the focus on data even more.  With trends changing not daily, but hourly, the need for real-time data and analytics drive decision-making has been essential. Whilst the pandemic has pushed for more rapid adoption of analytics, explore with SAS experts where we go from here.

AI can help us get back to care with efficiency and a focus on outcomes

Constraints on capacity and resources will continue to challenge health services for the foreseeable. How in the future can data and technology help us to identify patient treatment needs and use data from one patient, to help the care of the next patient? Through a case study from Amsterdam UMC, one of Europe’s largest oncology centres, the report explores how computer vision and predictive analytics to better identify cancer patients who are candidates for lifesaving surgery.

Data, digital technologies and AI will be core components of the new normal

As we’re seeing across all public services, the pandemic has accelerated digitsation and innovation – skipping years in many cases in driving change. This change is here for good. We are now at the beginning of the next chapter of health care in the UK – and this SAS report offers much food for thought as create, innovate and shape the future.

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Changes post-COVID-19 and beyond’

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