Technological advancements are growing in every industry and healthcare is no exception. The world of telemedicine has revolutionized patient-doctor relationships. Everyone can now access the services of doctors from any corner of the world as long as they have internet. Recently, doctors in China operated on a brain using 5G technology with the help of a robot from 3000 km away. It’s mind-blowing to think about the possibility that the world of the internet is bringing to us.

Healthcare in the US has really improved in the last decade with the rise of hospital management systems, patient healthcare systems, and even veterinarian procedures. EHR (Electronic Health Records) and patient portals are a thing of the past now with all the database being maintained by electronic methods. In fact, the world of healthcare technology is even more advanced than other modes such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Now is a good time to optimize and research the use of technology to further better the hospital and healthcare systems. Here is a list of 5 healthcare tech solutions that are under construction and development but offer a world of relief to doctors even today.

Patient-generated data

Devices like Apple watches which make an assessment of the physical activity and measure heart rate and pulse are on the rise. Very soon doctors won’t have to rely on the patient’s’ assessment of their health and can get exhaustive data from these devices. We are now up to devices that can even track sleep patterns. These devices that go on the body are called wearables.

Technological advancements aren’t confined to just wearables now. Data can also come from Bluetooth operated devices and others which track blood sugar levels and blood pressure. Bluetooth operated scales can make an accurate estimate of the weight and body fat percentage. There are mobile apps that users can feed in their dietary patterns and mental health issues. Patients can even consult and chat with a doctor if they feel that they need to consult someone different from their regular healthcare professionals.

Tiny biometric sensors are the talk of the healthcare industry. They can be easily woven into clothes and provide very accurate data for the purpose of clinical diagnoses. These records are accurate enough to be fed into medical record systems and are recorded automatically without manual intervention. Patient-generated data is safe to procure and with the consent of the patient.

Very soon, patients won’t have to provide a manual assessment of their health, it’ll already be fed into an electronic file.

Care management systems

Manual consultation can never be replaced by technology and it shouldn’t either. Patients need to consult with a human for their healthcare needs. But it’s possible to deepen and augment these relationships with the help of technology. Telemedicine is a perfect example of how patients and doctors can connect over technology. Care management systems like modern mobile technology and patient-generated data are other examples. These systems are one-stop technology solutions for patients and they can manage their consultation sessions, schedule appointments, track patient health, record symptoms, and follow their designated prescriptions and plans. These systems also allow patients to get in touch with their doctors even by a text message.

Care management systems are proving to be very helpful as patients can now get treated by a team of doctors rather than a one on one session. This adds value and aids in better diagnosis for the patient. The help and coordination that this system provides patients were always problems that EHR and patient portals couldn’t overcome.

Practice growth software

Doctors and professionals who have individual practices are often acquired by partners or larger health system companies and hospitals. Since customer service is imperative even for hospitals and private practices, everyone needs to improve their customer relationship support. The front office and patient experience can be greatly enhanced by technology and even provide ease of hospital services. Tomek Obirek from Dragon Medical says that a doctor can spend hundreds of hours a year doing medical transcription using old systems.  Healthcare practitioners must employ technology and embrace new advancements if they wish to make an indelible mark in the industry.

While many healthcare practices have made technological advancements pertaining to practice management, EHRs, and patient portals, many are yet to invest in digital healthcare technology. This technology improves the way patients connect with healthcare providers and practices.

Software that can help businesses grow faster attracts new customers by managing the practice’s online reputation, automating the front office and enhancing the patient experience by way of speedy solutions. Providers can increase their visibility online and get more patients to register with them. This software also sends appointment reminders to patients and let patients, both new and recurring, to schedule appointments online with one tap. Patients can also leave their feedback easily which allows practitioners to improve their practice.

Blockchain

Blockchain is an electronic way to secure the records of data transaction between two parties, like a payer and a provider. Cryptography is used to encrypt data and keep it secure. It is virtually impossible to hack into these systems.

The healthcare in the US has faced many cyber-attacks and inefficient data record databases like EHRs, complex claims billing and trials. But blockchain could be boon for the industry and facilitate better and secure data records.

Although there is no way of knowing which of these technologies will ultimately prove most beneficial for the healthcare industry, it isn’t difficult to figure out that all of these technological advancements are going to be interlinked in the future. Since we have already figured out that telemedicine has revolutionized the world of medicine, it’s not tough to estimate that eventually all the problems of healthcare will be addressed only by technology. It may be possible for a professional to run an entire clinic by themselves with just these technologies to help. The greatest advantage of technology is that it is a onetime investment and the rest of the time, the maintenance and repair is more cost effective than employing people.

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