3 healthcare investment trends for 2022

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The health sector has been one of the beneficiaries of the pandemic. The healthcare industry is growing rapidly. As investors plan for 2022, Meridian CEO John Pollock predicts three trends will drive healthcare real estate activity.

1. More outpatient facilities. The shift to ambulatory care facilities has been an ongoing trend over the past decade, and it has accelerated during the pandemic. “Services are migrating from acute care centers to more convenient ambulatory care centers,” Pollock told GlobeSt.com. “Ambulatory care facilities have been a focus of Meridian’s focus for years and we expect this trend to continue to accelerate and translate into more opportunities for investors, developers and vendors.

2. Telehealth is gaining momentum. Telehealth is the second big trend Pollock sees gaining momentum this year. “Everyone has read about the rapid adoption of telehealth during the pandemic. It certainly peaked in 2020, and although it has leveled off since, it remains an integral and efficient way to deliver care,” he says. “The physical manifestation of this trend is the creation of more flexible exam and telehealth rooms.”

The telehealth trend is driving better patient care, especially as providers rush to build outpatient ambulatory facilities. “We have seen a growing need for outpatient ambulatory care centers, either de novo or through heavy-duty renovations to accommodate new models of care delivery,” Pollock says. “A huge benefit of telehealth is to provide better access to care. During the pandemic, he provided a vital access point to care when physical appointments were inconvenient. Telehealth also allows patients in rural areas to have access to a specialist in urban centres.

3. A focus on behavioral health. Finally, health care providers will place more emphasis on behavioral health. “[W]We meet many requirements,” says Pollock. “The stress, isolation and loss caused by the pandemic has been the straw that broke the camel’s back and behavioral health issues are now widely known to affect one in four Americans.”

It is not only cultural changes that are driving activity in the behavioral space, but institutional investors are also supporting these projects. “Institutional investors have warmed to having behavioral health tenants in their buildings and portfolios, and we’ve even seen cap rates move toward traditional medical office property valuations,” Pollock says. “It’s very exciting to be part of creating better access to these much needed services in our communities. »