5 Healthcare AV Trends Making Headlines in 2018

By Joe Gillis, Business Development Director - 3 Oct, 2018
Collaboration & UC Services
Audiovisual is making waves in the tech industry in a vast array of markets. According to Commercial Integrator, the global AV market should grow almost 5% annually through 2022. The AV industry is set to generate $231 billion by that year, increasing even more after that.

Although AV is a notable technology trend, nothing is quite as groundbreaking as the world of medicine. Placing these two together create a force to be reckoned with that goes beyond simple video screens and enhanced audio. In fact, there are many AV trends happening within the field of medicine that are transforming healthcare. Here are five of those trends you should know and prepare for.

Artificial Intelligence Enhances Healthcare AV

Although artificial intelligence is being used in almost every industry, healthcare lags behind due to regulations and compliance. However, to remain competitive, the healthcare industry needs to take advantage of AI to keep up with patient demands. Patients can already use their smartphones or AI-assistants to gather information. How can we use this technology in healthcare?

Doctors and providers could always use more time to spend with their patients. AI devices such as wearables can make that a reality. These devices are used to track important patient health data such as blood pressure and heart rates, giving providers access to big data analysis at their fingertips. This data makes it easier for providers to customize their care delivery, enhancing the patient experience.

Telemedicine Trends

Although we see telemedicine at face value, it is actually a broad term that encompasses various technologies such as virtual health, telehealth, teledental, telestroke and more. Again, telemedicine is assisting providers and doctors with finding more time with their patients. Hospital rounds and quick visits no longer have to be in-person but can be done virtually from a remote location.

According to Maryam Alvandi of The American Journal of Accountable Care, “The use of telemedicine has been shown to allow for better long-term care management and patient satisfaction; it also offers a new means to locate health information and communicate with practitioners (eg, via e-mail and interactive chats or videoconferences), thereby increasing convenience for the patient and reducing the amount of potential travel required for both physician and patient.”

Video technology in patient rooms makes it easy for physicians to check-in with their patients from anywhere. For acute doctor visits for cold symptoms or a sore throat, video technology makes it easy for patients to have a visit on their smartphone or other device. Currently, most of our states are requiring some form of reimbursement to cover these virtual visits for patients.

The new “telestroke” system is making it easy for stroke victims to get the consult they need fast. Once a patient is brought into the emergency department, a neurologist can consult via video in the room for a fast assessment.

Technology Enhanced Learning in Medicine

Soon, the days of dissecting frogs for the sake of learning will be over thanks to technology such as AV. UNLV School of Medicine has built an anatomy lab complete with 36 student stations in an active-learning set-up. The lab includes over 30 4K monitors, whiteboards and custom tables. The lab is used for virtual dissection and enhanced learning, complete with Listen Technologies used for assistive learning.

It doesn’t stop at anatomy. In fact, AV is changing education for a wide variety of courses. Students can complete virtual clinicals and watch videos quickly and efficiently. Professors and educators benefit from this technology, giving them the ability to teach remote students as well as students in-person.

Increased AV Network Size

We cannot take advantage of all of this technology without a network to hold it all. AV on the network will soon become a necessity instead of something nice to have. With all the data that will need to be stored and transferred, healthcare technology will require a huge and all-encompassing network infrastructure.

Increased network size will benefit more than just data. MRIs can be transported in seconds. Each patient room in a large hospital could be outfitted with a telehealth screen. The opportunities of a robust network are endless.

The problem at hand is the budget crisis for hospitals without the proper IT funding. Smaller hospitals such as those located in rural areas will face restrictions due to budget restraints.

The Enhanced Patient Experience

Overall, AV and other technology such as augmented reality and big data are changing the patient experience as a whole. Integrators and technologists are entering the AV spectrum with one idea in mind: no restrictions.

The only way to truly enhance the patient experience is to listen to what they want and deliver. Technology trends such as these are making that delivery a possibility, paving the way for more innovation each and every day.

Author: Joe Gillis, Business Development Director

Joe Gillis, a graduate of Loyola University, began his career with FTG Technologies, a New Era Technology company, in 2010 as an Account Executive. After proving his skills in team-building, client interaction, and developing strategic relationships, he was promoted to Sales Manager in 2012. Today, Joe continues to lead the sales team and serves as a member of the senior management team. When Joe isn’t leading the sales team he enjoys time with his young family and is an avid golfer. Prior to joining FTG, Joe worked for the PGA Tour within Tournament Operations.