With so many uncertainties in healthcare today, it’s difficult to predict what the future of healthcare will hold. However, Express Scripts ran a survey in April 2016 with various physicians, hospitals and clinics to predict 7 ways that healthcare would change in 2017 below:
- Shift from Volume to Value: GPOs, Hospitals, Clinics and Physician Offices will continue to place greater emphasis on driving value and patient outcomes. Medical Technology Industries (MTI) feels that every medical equipment decision should be based upon quality over quantity. That’s why all our exam chairs and procedure tables come standard with
- Dramatic Cost Inflation: Medical Equipment prices have reached dangerously high levels. Best-in-class organizations are not taking the backseat on this issue; rather they are actively promoting advances that help to contain costs – particularly those that balance clinical innovation with sustainability. MTI is currently looking at cutting costs by bringing our machining, welding, electrical and fabrication in-house to cut physician costs. We partner with countless motor, parts and supply manufacturers to provide quality parts at a price physicians can afford.
- High-Tech Healthcare: As the most widely used benefit, physicians can deliver a high-tech and high-touch experience that today’s patients demand. Savvy plan sponsors are offering remote healthcare, tele-health services, remote monitoring, mobile applications, home delivery and more, as a way to continuously reach patients where they are and virtualize pharmacy. With our new product line we will be offering a variety of new technology, including wireless controls, plug-n-play arms & accessories and more. Currently we offer our upholstery removable Velcro-attached upholstery to allow physicians to easily replace their fabrics, DC vs Hydraulic Motors to reduce leaking, 4 separate motors for each power function to elicit lift, tilt, back and foot movement all at the same time.
- Power of Consumerism: Consumers play an active role in medical decision-making. Plans that leverage strategies such as educational programs, cost sharing and more can drive consumer engagement, maximize value and lower costs. One of the biggest changes in Exam Chairs and Procedure Tables will be the ADA regulation of all chairs will need to be 19” in height to accommodate wheel chair access. All our chairs accommodate the maximum height requirement. Our new website will proved physicians the ability to easily sort and filter chair, cabinet, light, stool and side chair options by product or specialty. Plus, an online service station that provides searchable manuals, guides and videos on how to run and maintain their equipment.
- Effects of an Aging Population: Many physicians are approaching older ages, making it more critical to provide easy to use equipment with larger fonts for controls. MTI is accommodating this growing population by introducing sales & service technicians to properly train our physicians, provide 1-800 technical support during work hours, and change our controls and manuals to accommodate any visual impaired circumstances our doctors may face in the future.
- Impact of Mega Health Systems: Due to the massive amount of corporatization across healthcare practices, competition will decrease and potentially inflate prices. To combat this growth in GPOs, Distributors and Government Agencies, MTI has partnered with a select group of partners like Premier, Intalare, Kaiser, Henry Schein, Gill Podiatry, Atlas Medic, Briggate Medical, GSA and more to provide affordable pricing and easy-to-use distribution. We feel that if manufacturers continue to create production efficiencies and improving quality that these large health networks will be able to offer the same level of quality, personal customer service and more medical options than ever before. Creating an economy of scale in the Healthcare Industry.
- Move from Population to Personalized Health: To produce the best possible outcomes, you need precise, real-time data and insights and predictors of a patient’s health. Leveraging data to make smarter healthcare decisions will be critical as the industry looks to improve clinical outcomes while lowering costs. MTI is continuously looking at customizing our chairs to fit the needs of the doctor. That’s why we offer over 900 products for each doctor to customize their chair or cabinet to the needs of their office. This allows the doctor to provide that personalized care that the patient deserves at a price the physician can afford.