Medical specialties of the near future
2020 begins and with it, career guidance decisions influenced by market demands. The postgraduate studies on the rise, according to data from the ITBA Graduate School, are related to Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, cybersecurity, and mental health. This shows that society demands new medical specialties that reflect a change in the health system. In fact, the last 20 years have increased medical diversification driven by advances in science and related to the provision of services.
It is evident that within the health sector, there is a constant evolution that forces professionals to make new training dives that allow them to evolve according to the needs of the social context. That is why currently three emerging medical specialties have been detected that in the near future will have greater demand.
On the one hand, the specialization of a virtual doctor begins to stand out. This is not the conventional doctor who offers online consultations but requires specific specialization and training for the environment, such as, for example, the press lived when it was mutated to digital. It is not simply a transfer of information to a new environment, but it requires a concrete adaptation in a new area of action, which includes possessing the technological skills necessary to provide an efficient virtual interaction with patients.
The necessary professionals in telemedicine are increasingly necessary, especially to solve the shortcomings of professionals in large cities, as well as in rural settings. Thanks to the expansion of the internet and digital devices, the environment demands more and more virtual doctors who can reach patients with difficult access to medicine in physical surroundings. Thus, according to the American Board of Medical Specialties, the telehealth market is expected to increase by 30% every year between 2017 and 2022. Without a doubt, telemedicine specialists are part of an efficient method for systems of telemedicine health offer a second professional opinion, as well as telepsychiatry services. With telemedicine, in addition, an improvement in the quality of patient care is expected.
On the other hand, it also highlights the emerging specialty of the cancer immunologist. This expanding field investigates the strengths of the immune system to fight malignant neoplasms and is changing rapidly as researchers discover more about the DNA and the complex immune system of the body. Although immunotherapy is still immersed in clinical trials, it is expected to move rapidly towards new biological response modifiers, tumor vaccines or monoclonal antibodies.
Virtual Reality Therapists
Another emerging specialty that the market demands are therapists specialized in Virtual Reality. These specialists need specific training for the treatment of mental health disorders through immersive virtual environments. This type of therapy requires being able to analyze the patient’s responses during treatments and to act accordingly, in addition to some technological training. In Psious, in addition to developing the necessary tools for this type of therapy, we also accompany therapists throughout the process, in order to train them with the latest technology for mental health.
It also highlights biomedical or health informatics, which is the integration of health sciences, computer science and information sciences in a new field that aims to manage patient health information.
We are in the era of Big data, large companies such as Google have become accustomed to working with large amounts of information through which to extract practical data for their economic purposes. We need to perform the same process but in health systems to achieve the same results: draw relevant conclusions with which to improve patient care.
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