The world of medicine is one of new ideas, constant change, and innovation. However, medical breakthroughs are often restricted by governmental regulations. While strong regulations and patient protections are a good thing, these regulations can often be difficult to deal with and hard to predict.
Enter the future of medical regulations: what you need to know about the future of healthcare law. In this guide, we’ll discuss a few different aspects of healthcare law and what you can expect to change in the world of medical regulations in the near future. Let’s get started.
Patient Privacy and Protection of Patient Data Will be More Important Than Ever
Patients have a number of robust rights regarding information transfer under HIPAA. This is one of the first laws passed that related to digital transfer of patient data. As time goes on, it’s likely that the emphasis on patient privacy will be more important than ever. This also means that penalties for losing patient data to cyberattacks and hacks will likely increase.
In fact, compliance in all medical specialities has never been more important. While many hospitals and medical centers use outdated server infrastructure, and are vulnerable to attacks, your practice should be different. We can expect to see even more regulations and laws passed regarding the security of patient data, especially as large-scale data breaches continue to become more common.
Legislation On Medical Automation is Likely in the Near Future
For decades, the FDA and other regulatory bodies have been reticent to pass legislation regarding life-saving medical automation technology. There are dozens of examples of automated systems that have the potential to save lives – such as automated closed-loop respirators, and advanced, algorithm-based software monitoring systems. The FDA has extremely steep requirements for the approval of medical devices, particularly those that can work without human intervention. Despite this, it’s likely we will see a change in this policy in the near future.
In a world where cars can drive themselves and jet airplanes can land automatically, there is no reason that medical automation should continue to be blocked by government regulators. Over the next decade, we expect to see revised or loosened requirements for automated, life-saving medical devices. This will have a significant impact on how well hospital workers are able to do their jobs.
The Future Of Medicine – Data-Driven and Digital
As you may have gathered from our two predictions, we don’t think that digital technology is going anywhere when it comes to medicine. The future is digital. As time goes on, the law will have to adapt to that change, not vice-versa.
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