4 Trends in the healthcare industry to watch in 2021


The year of 2020 has been a transformative one. From the rise of working from home to becoming more cautious about germs and being more sanitary, there are undoubtedly new trends that will be popping up in 2021.

If you’re an entrepreneur or are looking for a new role to start in 2021, then the healthcare industry is definitely one you should keep your eye on. With new digital technology, these trends will offer incredible opportunities to startups, the unemployed, freelancers, and investors.

With just a little time spent conducting health market research, you can change the way people take care of their health in 2021.

Remote Health and Telemedicine

With so many national lockdowns, some doctors’ offices had to adapt to only allowing a certain number of patients in for appointments or close their doors completely. This caused a rise in remote health and telemedicine – and it looks like it’s here to stay.

People already had trouble trying to find time to fit a doctor’s appointment into their busy schedules. When you can have an appointment right at home over your computer, it saves you time, money, and is extremely convenient.

Some opportunities to explore in this field is software specifically for telemedicine and keeping track of records, scheduling appointments, and more.

Health and Fitness Apps

When gyms closed for months, people began to get creative with how they stayed fit while at home. This has become a new norm as some have found working out at home is easier to fit into their schedules and they can avoid the crowds at the gym.

Some opportunities to explore in this field include mobile app development for phones and wearable technology to track exercise, caloric intake, and sleep cycles.

Virtual Reality

You may be wondering just how virtual reality may fit into the healthcare industry. It seems like it would be more for the real estate or gaming industry, right? Actually, virtual reality is currently being used to treat anxiety, PTSD, and to manage chronic pain.

By 2026, it’s estimated that virtual reality in the healthcare industry will reach $2.4 billion. This is a lucrative and innovative field entrepreneurs and freelancers should definitely explore.

Data Collection and Analysis

What is the number one thing we have all been watching this year? Data.

It feels like half of the headlines we have read included numbers and data about COVID infection rates and deaths. Data is never perfect, especially when taking in these numbers globally.

So, why not make data collection and analyzing data a little more reliable and easier to do with new processes and software creation? From contact tracing to a global database to keep track of trends and rates, there are an unlimited number of opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, freelancers, and developers