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3 Challenges Facing The Healthcare Industry In 2021

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  1. Mahmoud Abudeif

    Mahmoud Abudeif Golden Member

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    When one thinks about the future of the healthcare industry, it's inevitable to recognize the mounting pressure on the sector. Because it handles a huge responsibility for the well-being and lives of the people it serves, the healthcare industry must learn to continue transforming challenges into opportunities. There's a growing demand for the industry to learn, improve, and innovate. That way, this sector can continue to provide value to the patients that so greatly depend on their service and support.


    Particularly, the unprecedented events that happened in the last year have left the healthcare sector scrambling to keep up. Failure isn't an option as it faces time-sensitive issues. With people's lives at stake, the healthcare industry will undoubtedly continue to face unique challenges and changes moving forward. Here's a look at some of these:

    1. Telehealth

    Even as the demand for telehealth increases, there aren't enough healthcare workers yet that provide this service. As of writing, the future implications of the pandemic are still uncertain. As nations are still struggling to combat and eventually overcome the crisis, healthcare providers are under a lot of pressure to operate better.

    Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and even doctors who hold private practice have to meet the demand for telehealth. But, this is easier said than done, as keeping an in-house team to facilitate its adoption might be too taxing. There's a better opportunity to outsource this to providers, especially as more companies offer this service.

    Telehealth is very important to help decongest hospitals. That way, only those patients who absolutely need hospital care and equipment will be there. Those with lighter problems that can be handled through online consultations can go for this option. This can even include COVID-19 patients who can still manage their symptoms at home with the help of regular online consultations. That way, not every COVID-19 patient will feel the need to travel to a hospital. The limited hospital spaces can be preserved instead for those with severe symptoms or existing morbidities.

    2. Cybersecurity

    With rapidly improving technology, more and more healthcare providers are relying on soft data. This transition involves keeping patient and customer data on a software database, both offline and online.

    Moreover, telehealth has become even more rampant because of the pandemic. More doctors are seeing patients only on the screen first before a face-to-face check is warranted. This means that patient results, information, and scans are also sent online through telehealth apps, platforms, and the ever-trusted email.

    Unfortunately, while these technological advancements increase efficiency, it also poses a greater risk in cybersecurity. With the presence of many expert hackers lurking around waiting for their next victim, the possibility of data breaches looms over the healthcare industry. Not only can sensitive information get leaked, but patient identity may also be compromised and stolen. These are then used for insurance fraud and theft, for example.

    Many healthcare providers now have to develop ways to respond to these threats. This means developing proper systems that can make them less prone to attacks and protect patient data.

    3. Increasing Patient Volume

    Current health and social issues have compounded existing challenges in the healthcare industry, causing patient volume to increase significantly. This is prevalent in almost every nation that has been affected by the present global health crisis. Remember that this patient volume encompasses everyone from children to the elderly, and even those with existing underlying conditions like pregnant women and those with cancer.

    Hospitals are getting more congested, and there seems to be no end in sight. The cycle is moving in the same way as it has been when the pandemic first came out at the end of 2019.

    This is one of the biggest challenges confronting the healthcare industry. The hospital capacity is always full, there aren't enough medicines, vaccines are scarce as of writing, and health workers are overwhelmed and at risk.



    The most pressing challenges facing the healthcare industry today further emphasize how each person's health and life are interconnected with their community. At the end of the day, most people would consider their health as one of their most valuable possessions, which is why health literacy is crucial. With challenges brought about by technology, the pandemic, and many others factors, every sector in this industry is constantly looking for ways to improve healthcare. An awareness of the challenges presented above is a good starting place to identify areas in which these sectors can work on today.


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