Top Trends in the Healthcare and Legal Industries

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When you work in the healthcare industry or legal field you will find keeping up with trends helps you in your job or job search. When you are a college student, learning about the trends prepares you for the work world. In health care, emerging trends are better supply chains, more cooperation between medical centers and vendors, and workplace diversity and safety.

In the legal field, cybersecurity will become a major focus, commercial bankruptcy law will grow and lawyers in real estate, and micro-niche specialties like personal injury and medical malpractice will increase. We will cover these trends as businesses continue to change in 2021.

Health Care Supply Chains

Suppliers of healthcare products have more strategic delivery services today to hospitals, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and nursing homes. Many organizations are using back-up suppliers located near them to offset their major suppliers. Supply chains often offer more flexible payment and delivery options to customers. In 2040, it is believed that more delivery will be directly to your patients’ homes. New models and types of business are being designed to meet future needs.

The healthcare supply chain will use more software and AI to predict trends and improve services. It will relieve employees from repetitive tasks. They will improve the delivery of supplies, costs, and the time it takes to get them there. There will be different types of delivery to suit different types of business. Delivery and supplies will be customized to customer needs.

More Cooperation Between Medical Staff and Vendors

There will be more cooperation between hospitals, doctors, medical equipment companies, and pharmacies. When you have a cold, which usually lasts for 2-14 days, with the average recovery taking about 10 days, the doctor may send you to the pharmacy for over-the-counter medication or a prescription to treat it. It will be ready when you arrive and perhaps you will have had an online visit. Pharmacies will offer services that help take the load off the hospitals and doctors, like diagnostic services and some minor tests. More services will be offered to consumers locally due to online communication and the Internet. This will open the door for types of business in the supply chain and offer specific medical services to targeted consumers.

Healthcare Diversity and Safety Will Be A Focus

Healthcare teams will be composed of different types of people to serve patients better. They will be made up of different nationalities, ages, and experience levels. The goal is to improve patient and employee engagement, find better solutions to medical problems and retain good employees longer. Employee safety will be an issue and will be addressed. This means better work schedules to avoid burnout, virtual meetings online, and protecting employees and patients from infectious diseases. Mental and physical health will be important services for the medical business in the years to come.

Cybersecurity Will Grow In the Legal Field

Cyberattacks will increase on businesses and large companies and legal firms will specialize in cybersecurity cases and advising. They may be asked how to protect a business before it is attacked or specialize in recommending effective programs and software. Some law firms already offer cybersecurity services to clients. They might offer detection services to protect the private data of clients and a quick response when data is breached. Software offered will block threats and they can represent clients and help them recover lost data and money. It will be a specialization in the future.

Commercial Bankruptcy and Real Estate Law Increases

Due to the pandemic, many businesses have closed and the need for bankruptcy lawyers and legal assistants has risen. They help clients find ways to save their assets or at least not end up with a lifetime of debt. As the number of closures has risen, these legal services will be needed more. More bail bond agencies, which act as surety and provide money for defendants may be needed to ensure that defendants will come to court to resolve their bankruptcy issues. Real estate has changed due to the economy and more agencies may be leasing or renting condos and apartments. This will lead to a need for real estate lawyers to design contracts and work out problems that arise.

Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Specialties Increase

Personal injury lawyers and legal assistant jobs have increased due to consumer injuries at work, car accidents, and medical treatment. In New York, the statute of limitations for a lawsuit is three years. Many lawsuits are because of accidents at work, car accidents, and medical injuries. With the increased connection of medications, medical devices, and operations to illness, there will be an increase in medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers in the coming years. These will be niches where the number of jobs will increase due to the demand for services.

Watching trends when you are in the healthcare industry or legal field will help you with preparing for a career, changing specialties, and advancing. It gives you new avenues to explore for the future.

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Valerie M.

Valerie M. is a writer from Upstate New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The State University of New York at Fredonia in 2016 and is currently working at a digital marketing agency where she writes blog posts for a variety of small businesses all over the country. Valerie enjoys writing about music, animals, nature, and traveling.