Rising population set to test healthcare employment
As Australia’s population continues to rise, there will be increased challenges for the country’s healthcare employment. Not only will staff have to manage a much larger group of people, but they might have to embrace whole new healthcare technologies, if some analysts are correct.
With the influence of new technology becoming prevalent in all industries, it’s natural that the healthcare sector will follow suit. However, these updates aren’t simply revisions of old systems, but are unique solutions for medical treatment borne out of a digital era.
What does the future have in store?
One of the major trends outlined in an interview with pharmaceutical company Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez by McKinsey & Company is regenerative medicine. While not strictly a digital practice – mother nature has been doing it for centuries – for us humans, it’s the closest we’ll get.
The main focus for this technology, according to Mr Jimenez, is in rebuilding lost sight, hearing and muscle, likely to be key areas of interest for medical professionals that will be dealing with an ageing population.
Mr Jimenez also believes that barriers between digital and health technology will begin to blur, as they will rely on each other in medical applications within the next 10 years.
So, how can the healthcare industry prepare for these changes? The interview focussed on the value of research and development, highlighting the fact that there’s more to the healthcare industry than working in a hospital. The technologies and medicines need to be discovered and fine-tuned before they can be introduced to the public.
These developments are also likely to impact the aged care industry, especially as the costs are already rising, according to Leading Aged Services Australia. Could new technology push these costs over the edge? If so, the next generation of staff will need to be prepared for the challenges.