The critical barriers that hinder progress in the healthcare industry can be broadly categorized into people, technology and process challenges, reads GE Healthcare's Reimagining Better Health study.
The backbone of any healthcare system is its workforce, but the industry faces several people-related challenges. One of the most pressing issues is the declining job satisfaction among clinicians, with a staggering 42% contemplating leaving the healthcare industry. A crucial factor contributing to this decline is the overwhelming workload, with 52% of clinicians reporting insufficient time and resources to provide care to both patients and their families. Additionally, poor work-life balance emerges as the primary reason why clinicians are choosing to leave their jobs.
The study also reveals that patients face considerable hesitation when it comes to sharing their personal health data. A significant 39% feel that their health data is not secure, hindering efforts to leverage patient data for better care and treatment. Moreover, patients also experience discomfort with out-of-clinic facilities and staff. “While healthcare has attempted to be more personal and accessible, the study revealed a system that has become disconnected from the very people it serves. The good news is that patients and clinicians share the same vision,” writes Peter Arduini, CEO, GE Healthcare.
Clinician trust in self-administered test results also poses a challenge, as 50% of healthcare professionals are not entirely comfortable delivering clinical care outside the traditional clinical environment. Building confidence in these results and ensuring their reliability is crucial for expanding healthcare access and improving efficiency.
Technology plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of healthcare. In Mexico, the use of technological tools in the healthcare system can reduce costs, improve medical care and expand access to healthcare services, according to Jesús Hernández, President, Healthtech Mexico Association. However, several barriers impede the smooth integration of healthtech solutions. One major hurdle is the complexity of existing technologies, with many healthcare professionals finding them neither easy nor intuitive to use. Simplifying interfaces and workflows can encourage more widespread adoption of technology.
Furthermore, there is a significant level of skepticism among clinicians regarding the use of AI data for medical purposes. Nearly 40% of healthcare professionals are yet to be convinced that medical technology can genuinely enhance their workflow and promote overall efficiency. “Doctors do not feel comfortable treating their patients via telemedicine because it is difficult for them to adapt to the change of providing the service through the digital environment,” Carlos Javier Roa, Founder and CEO, MiDoctor24h, tells MBN. Educating and involving clinicians in the development and implementation of AI-powered solutions can foster trust in these technologies.