Digital health and wellness technology have become exponentially popular, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. With advancements happening rapidly, the development of digital health solutions has escalated in the corporate wellness market.
A study by Mordor Intelligence showed the healthcare IT market could have an estimated revenue of $192,639 million at 12.5% CAGR in the coming five years. And with the evolving health and wellness trends, employee wellness solutions must also shift and grow accordingly.
Many people have been avoiding going to the hospitals or clinics, even for their regular screenings and consultations. This deferred healthcare has led to higher medical expenses for employees and employers. However, this has led to the increased use of digital health solutions. Many people have turned to virtual solutions for their health and wellbeing.
Since employee wellbeing trends are evolving, the much-needed digital health and wellness solutions must also evolve. And so, employers must make sure the telehealth solutions they offer will cater to the evolving health and wellbeing needs of the workforce.
Here are a few expected digital health and wellness trends for 2022.
Virtual Health and Wellness Trends 2022
1. Wellness Technology
Wellness technology is here to stay, and soon it could be the primary way of driving patient care. The advancing developments have led to state-of-art outcomes for screenings, detection, disease management, prevention, and care. A Harvard Business Review reported that virtual reality (VR) could train surgeons effectively. Also, Google DeepMind launched an AI tool that could easily spot human breast cancer. These implications suggest that VR and digital health solutions can be a boon for the early detection of health disorders and improved treatment. Unlike clinic visits, where taking appointments and waiting for hours could be daunting, telemedicine appointments do not require long wait hours. Also, these consultations can be done from the comfort of our homes.
Most employee wellness platforms, like Wellness360, are now supporting advanced corporate wellness technology that offers health assessments, screenings, disease management, and tracking with robust wellbeing programs. With personalized wellness journeys supported with the latest technology, wellbeing programs can impact employee wellness, medical systems, and employers.
2. Data-Based Technology Developments
Data is becoming easily available now. However, with easy accessibility comes greater responsibility to protect the personal data and health information of employees. Employers must ensure a strong command over data protection and implement corporate initiatives to protect the privacy and security of personal data. Studies show that Big Data has a huge influence on value-based care, and healthcare data analytics can help with better health tracking with value-based care.
Health and wellness data can be gathered from many different sources like wearables, corporate wellness platforms, and patient revelations. Most robust corporate wellness platforms, like Wellness360, have comprehensive onboarding activities with health risk assessments and screenings. These give an insight into the health status of the employee. Also, the platform provides AI-powered suggestions and tips to improve their health and wellbeing, and manage any chronic conditions. In short, the right digital health and wellness solutions can protect and secure personal data.
3. Embracing Mental Health and Wellness
Mental health issues are on the rise, and it has affected overall employee wellbeing and productivity. Many studies have reported a decline in employee mental health since the pandemic. Burnout, financial crisis, social isolation, and juggling multiple responsibilities are a few reasons that have stressed employees and affected their mental health. A Statista publishing showed that almost 26% of employees suffered from high-stress levels in 2020 since the pandemic started. Although most working generations had burnout feelings, Millennials experienced the highest burnout in 2020 (53%) and 2021 (59%). Gen Z followed the Millennials as 47% suffered from burnout in 2020 and 58% in 2021.
Until late, most employee wellness programs have focused on physical health. However, with the rising mental health issues, wellbeing programs need to evolve and focus on holistic health dimensions. Supported by advanced corporate wellness technology, employers and wellness program vendors are considering holistic services that provide mental wellbeing resources for stress management, mindfulness, and work-life balance.
The growing demand for digital health and wellness solutions is rising. If companies need to have a competitive edge in the market, they must ensure their workforce is happy. In the current scenario, workforce happiness lies in having a great workplace culture, valuable benefits and perks, and an organization that cares for its employee wellbeing. With the evolving digital health and wellness trends, employers must make sure their employee wellness programs and workplace benefits are aligned with it to achieve the anticipated success.