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Technology trends impart exciting dimension to healthcare

Technology trends impart exciting dimension to healthcare

There are three technology trends leading to drastic changes in the healthcare industry and  to be up-to-date with those changes is a real challenge and the industry today poses an additional requirement in the profile of doctors – doctors should be passionate about the intersection of healthcare, technology, and design.(Image:blogs.wsj.com)

The pace at which the healthcare industry is changing has sped up and to be up-to-date with those changes is a real challenge, given that day-to-day activities prevent leaders from strategic planning for an organization’s future.

The healthcare industry today poses an additional requirement in the profile of doctors – doctors should be passionate about the intersection of healthcare, technology, and design.

The three technology trends leading to drastic changes in the healthcare industry are as follows:

Cloud-based Electronic Health Records (EHR)

From the growing demand of consumers for greater access to, and portability of their health records, rises the need for new software implementation in the healthcare industry. A good example is the Blue  Button, which has risen as a response to this demand, and such a trend is deemed to continue, given the adaptability, flexibility and agility of cloud-based EHR for both consumers as well as healthcare providers.

Evidence shows that US-based healthcare major athenahealth was able to push Ebola-related patient travel history questions to its EHR AthenaClinicals within an hour of the media frenzy over a Dallas hospital, which was unable to treat an Ebola patient in absence of adequate patient records. This gives an accurate indication of seamless updates in near real-time. Cloud-based EHR providers also wrap ancillary business and information services around the software, enabling doctors to concentrate more on what they do best.

Patient-centric devices

TEDMED and SXSW are the famous wearables entering the market, which generate rising awareness of, and focus increasing  attention towards, ongoing quantifiable personal data such as fitness, diet, and sleep-quality.

Wearables in the healthcare sector such as the Apple watch, which demonstrates the two data points of sleep and physical activity, increase reflection by people on personal health.

Can you imagine a diabetic’s biochip detecting blood glucose levels within personalized parameters, and then initiating appropriate, immediate, remedial and automatic action such as insulin dosing? Thus, without any extra effort of documentation, this information will empower patients and consumers to take greater control of their own health by creating a measurable feedback-loop with which they can experiment with more healthful activities, representing rich possibilities of customisation within the healthcare sector.

Big Data Analytics & patient access

Analytics will provide valuable insights into operations at the point of care in the presence of more robust patient access tools, which improve efficiency at an administrator’s level, together with garnering higher levels of patient satisfaction.

For healthcare providers, the Holy Grail of Big Data Analytics can be considered through data-enrichment, whereby algorithms and other powerful digital technologies become an essential tool in the doctor’s toolkit.

Ultimately, leveraging health insights and pivoting this knowledge into targeted patient outreach and access is what makes analytics so powerful.

Source: Forbes

 

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