Advances in healthcare are increasing by the day – new technologies, treatments and medicines are discovered regularly. In turn, healthcare systems worldwide develop new ways of tracking and storing medical waste to remain compliant with this progress. But what changes will we see in the coming decades? Let’s explore three key trends shaping 2030’s medical waste management.
Emerging Markets Leapfrogging Innovations
As developing countries rapidly urbanise and their economies grow, they are “leapfrogging” traditional development stages and adopting innovative technologies to meet the needs of their citizens. This is especially true in the area of healthcare, where new medical technologies can be quickly adapted to address pressing health concerns.
In many cases, developing countries are able to skip over outdated and expensive infrastructure projects, such as building extensive road networks, and instead adopt newer technologies that are more efficient and cost-effective. For example, instead of investing in a landline telephone network, many developing countries have gone straight to mobile phones. The same is true for medical waste management.