Edition 33 - Top Tech Trends that'll shape up future of Healthcare Apps

We have seen big companies like Automattic, Toptal, and GitHub employ large remote workforces, but we’re starting to see smaller companies like GitLab and Zapier start remote, and stay remote. But why are more startups choosing a distributed model now more than in years past? It comes down to this, more startups founder are going remote because it is a necessity rather than luxury. In an increasingly competitive landscape, both funded and bootstrapped startups are looking for ways to be more productive at lower cost. When growth and efficiency hacks are more highly sought after than ever, remote work presents some pretty enticing upside for startups. 

Blockchain technology is reshaping the way organizations market and how they handle financial transactions. The technology offers transparent data, that cannot be manipulated. Another significant benefit is that it gives small businesses the ability to go head-to-head with larger companies. They have the ability to remove the middleman in many situations while also increasing efficiencies in workflow. Through the use of blockchain technology, businesses will no longer need a middleman when they need data on their customers. If small shops are looking to receive specific consumer data, they would be able to trade with other small stores to get it. 

The healthcare industry has made a major jump in the previous decade with smart mobility solutions. From wellness applications to remote consultation portals, hospital management applications and more, the array in this realm is broad. Mobile healthcare has raised the principles of healthcare as well as empowered the suppliers to contact the greatest number of individuals out there. It comes as no surprise that the greater part of the key players have just put resources into mobile applications while others are quickly taking action accordingly. With this, the competition will increase and there is a need to serve exclusive features for their applications to stand aside. 

The recent rollout of data protection regulations should be a welcome development for most end users. Unfortunately for those of us who are in the business of reaching as many relevant people as possible with our messages, marketers seem to be the ones shouldering the brunt of the burden. These new laws have definitely changed the landscape for business and data. In 2018, even growth hackers with no qualms about scraping and spamming have no choice but to work towards compliance. The threat of litigation and brand reputation damage is too much to ignore.

Can designers keep up with the pace of change? Humanity will have to improve how we handle this change. Designers will have to figure how to navigate this accelerating world while still finding ways to do good work. We are already seeing great advancements in the field but with costs. Design systems are a great example. They provide ways of optimizing and standardizing design, but can come at a cost. Trends in design tool evolution, the flattening of the design community through communities like dribbble.com, or even continuous development methodologies are all examples of movements that have amazing upside but require serious exploration and soul-searching to ensure we continue adding value to the world. 

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