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The modern healthcare system is much more advanced than years past. Especially as social distancing and lockdowns became the norm of 2020, many facilities have had to embrace technology and find ways to keep up with the times while still offering a splendid patient experience. The healthcare system will undoubtedly continue to adapt to ongoing circumstances and the introduction of new technologies. There are many ways medical practices can begin implementing some of these systems to improve the healthcare experience.

 

Virtual Reality

 

Already being utilized in certain clinics, virtual reality has been proven to help patients with pain tolerance and those undergoing physical therapy. As for pain tolerance, putting a headset with a relaxing view or scene on a patient undergoing painful treatment has been shown to distract them from some of their irritation. While it does not make the pain go completely away, it is an excellent distraction from their uncomfortableness and has lessened many patients’ anxiety. 

 

In the realm of physical therapy, virtual reality allows patients to do their exercises in a virtual environment. This gives the necessary task of recovery a much more fun setting. Even though the patient knows it is only a virtual experience, they will enjoy the distraction from their current surroundings and will most likely be more focused on their exercises. Virtual reality has given hope that patients can have a fun healthcare experience even while undergoing distressing injuries or diagnoses. 

 

3D-Printing

 

Many believe 3D-printing will be a pivotal aspect of the future of healthcare. 3D-printing has already been used in many cases to print artificial limbs, blood vessels, medical tools and more. Because of its many possibilities, 3-D printing can greatly impact people’s lives and give them hope. As this technology becomes more and more available, the costs of several medical procedures and transplants will most likely decrease, making healthcare procedures much more affordable for individuals. Additionally, rather than having to be put on a waiting list for certain procedures, hospitals can instead provide the necessary supplies to patients through 3-D printing. The future of this product is very exciting both for medical professionals and for patients.

Personalized Mobile Apps

One great way hospitals and clinics can increase patient satisfaction and provide exemplary care is by offering a mobile app. With most of the population having access to a smartphone, they can use this easily accessible tool to book and check in to appointments, stay updated on waiting times, see test results and more without having to wait on the phone or type in the name of a website. Not only can hospitals and offices offer these services on an app, but they can also choose to provide some kind of online diagnosis service, should the patient not want to book an appointment. Patients can answer questions related to their symptoms and get a virtual diagnosis. In the future, some facilities may even have some strictly virtual doctors who can answer these questions live and send in a prescription if needed.