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The events of December 2019 changed the world as we knew it forever. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives. Health was undoubtedly one of those areas. The specter of system failure and difficult access to specialists has become our daily life, and virtual medicine – the future. According to the “Year-ahead forecasts 2022” study carried out by the consulting firm Kearney, the American market for e-visits will grow by 28% in the coming years. The British, on the other hand, is already worth 2.5 billion PLN and is constantly growing.

Source: Kearney

The events of December 2019 changed the world as we knew it forever. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives. Health was undoubtedly one of those areas. The specter of system failure and difficult access to specialists has become our daily life, and virtual medicine – the future. According to the “Year-ahead forecasts 2022” study carried out by the consulting firm Kearney, the American market for e-visits will grow by 28% in the coming years. The British, on the other hand, is already worth 2.5 billion PLN and is constantly growing.

The forecast for China is even more impressive – it is said that within 10 years the local telemedicine market will be worth PLN 2.6 trillion. The numbers leave no doubt – the trend set in motion by the pandemic is unstoppable. Kearney experts confirm that we also see it in Poland.

New Technologies in Global Electronic Medicine During a Pandemic

During the two years of the pandemic, many disruptive technologies have appeared in the world of medicine. Gene editing techniques, the development of synthetic biology, and advances in anti-aging research are just a few of them. However, it is the advent of virtual healthcare solutions that has arguably had the greatest impact on patients around the world.

The U.S. virtual healthcare market will grow 28% over the next five years

In the United States, over the period from June to November 2020, online medical consultations accounted for 30%. all visits. Although the majority of Americans said they would prefer seeing a doctor in person, nearly 90% were satisfied with the services received through virtual encounters.

Doctors at major hospital complexes such as Johns Hopkins have already made more than a million online visits. And that’s not the end of the changes. The U.S. virtual healthcare market is expected to grow by 28%. over the next five years.

Source: Kearney

It should be noted that the phenomenon is global in nature. The UK e-medicine sector is currently valued at PLN 2.4 billion (£451 million). Experts expect it to rise sharply over the next four years, and it will be supported by some of the measures [(35 mld zł) 6,6 mld GBP]that the National Health Service is expected to receive pandemic mitigation funds by 2024.

The same trend is observed in China. The number of doctors around the online counseling app has more than doubled since 2020. China’s online visit market is expected to reach PLN 2.6 trillion (4.2 trillion yuan) in the next 10 years.

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Demand for remote medical services will not decrease

– Experts speculate that 2022 will bring an unprecedented expansion of virtual healthcare and it will become an integral part of the industry worldwide.

We can be sure that the demand for remote medical services will not decrease. As a company, we strive to transfer as much of our business as possible to the Internet.

A perfect example is work – 60%. Europeans and 50 percent. Americans say they would like to perform their professional duties without leaving their homes.

2022 will bring unprecedented expansion of virtual healthcare

In Poland, more than 70%. of respondents would like to work hybrid in the future – he says Dawid KrzysiakDirector of Kearney from the Warsaw office, responsible for the area of ​​digital transformation and new technologies.

The digitization of medical services guarantees their greater availability

Developing markets, i.e. countries in Africa and Asia, are a potential area for the expansion of telemedicine. There, access to the mobile network and high-speed Internet is developing relatively quickly. It is expected that 30 percent. The population of sub-Saharan Africa will have access to 4G networks within five years.

– We can call it a breakthrough. Getting medical assistance in places where it was previously difficult or even impossible will soon be within reach – comments Dawid Krzysiak.

Over the past two years, 62 percent. Poles used telemedicine, compared to less than 10%. before the pandemic

American activists and politicians have also noticed the potential of remote health care. Through their actions, they want to make it accessible to everyone. Their goal is to ensure that online medical consultations are covered by health insurance.

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Telemedicine in Poland

Online medical care is also triumphing in Poland, incl. because it considerably facilitates access to a doctor.

– Let’s not forget that Poland is a country where the problem of transport exclusion affects several or even several million people. Going to a practice several tens of kilometers away is a real challenge, and the possibility of obtaining advice and a prescription during a telephone conversation is the only solution for many people – adds Dawid Krzysiak.

As the expert Kearney notes, Poland – like other countries – is on the way to digitizing the medical sector. – Over the past two years, 62% of Poles have used telemedicine, compared to less than 10%. before the pandemic. Today we return to offices, but the habits and ability to use digital channels will stay with us.

A perfect example of the dynamic development of our market is the Polish start-up DocPlanner, known on the Vistula as ZnanyLekarz.pl. DocPlanner is the first Polish tech company to be included in the elite group of unicorns, i.e. start-ups valued at at least US$1 billion. This clearly shows that the development of healthcare related technologies also has huge commercial potential.

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