As we look ahead in 2022, we’re seeing three trends that will drive activity in healthcare real estate.
First, you can expect to see many more outpatient sectors. The transition to outpatient facilities has been a growing trend over the past 10 years or so but it has only accelerated since 2020. Services are simply migrating away from care centers to more convenient outpatient centers.
Telehealth is the second major trend that we see gaining some serious momentum this year. While it might have leveled off since the pandemic was at its peak, it is still an integral and effective means of delivering quality care. The physical manifestation of that trend is creating more flexible exam and telehealth rooms. Telehealth can support better patient care, especially as providers rush to build outpatient ambulatory facilities. A huge benefit of telehealth is providing greater access to care. It provides a vital entry point to care when physical appointments are not practical. Telehealth is also a major advantage for patients in rural areas that may not have access to a specialist they need right within physical range.
Finally, the 3rd biggest trend we’ll see this year is the increased focus on behavioral health. Stress, isolation, and loss caused by the previous couple of years has significantly impacted the mental health of Americans and people all over the world. In fact, research shows 1 in 4 people were impacted to a point where behavioral health intervention is necessary. Institutions have warmed up to understanding the needs of these clients and it will be exciting to see how these new healthcare facilities will be able to benefit the much-needed services in our communities.