Jamie Summers, Director of Nursing & Clinical services, Mayo Clinic
Technological advancements like AI, ML, and wearables enable Remote therapy, which is changing the landscape of the healthcare industry.
Every industry, including healthcare, is evolving with technological innovations. Remote therapy is more than a band-aid solution, and technological advancements like artificial intelligence and wearables are transforming the healthcare industry world in general. Consumers will put their physiotherapy business up for success by following the new trends in physical therapy.
Here are five trends to look out for in Physical Therapy:
High Telerehabilitation Demand
Even when the pandemic has passed, remote physical treatment will continue to thrive because it is convenient. Patients in rural locations can readily connect with specialized healthcare experts, parents can benefit from physiotherapy without having to organize childcare, and people with mobility issues can be treated in the comfort of their own homes thanks to emerging technologies.
Engaging Gamified Apps
In physiotherapy, patient engagement is crucial in determining treatment success. Most physiotherapy activities aren't particularly enjoyable, but gamified rehabilitation apps can make the process more enjoyable for patients. Dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in motivation, mood, and learning, is released when patients engage in video games.
Assistance from AI and ML
AI and ML can perform many tasks for the physiotherapist. As a result, they have to spend less time making clinical notes and finding the most up-to-date treatment guidelines on the internet. AI and ML can work as assistants for a physiotherapist and help diagnose and evaluate patient data.
Wearable technologies aren't just for sci-fi movies anymore. Smartwatches and fitness bands can give consumers vital health information and feedback on their exercise habits. Specialized physiotherapy gadgets can even track and monitor specific motions, offering a plethora of helpful information to the therapist.
Of course, patient safety has always been a priority - after all, no physiotherapist wants their patients to become injured. However, patient safety has recently taken on new dimensions. To combat the spread of COVID-19, physical therapists began using remote treatments. With remote therapies, however, comes the issue of data security. Cybercriminals are attracted to healthcare facilities because they typically keep a large amount of personal information. To keep patients' data safe, it's critical to migrate to secure, GDPR-compliant software.