Moving healthcare into the technology-driven future
By Lucas Hendrich, Chief Technology Officer at BairesDev
Whether you’re talking about the business side of healthcare or the day-to-day work of healthcare professionals, adopting technology solutions is a necessity for achieving faster results, improving patient outcomes and saving time. But beyond that, technology has the potential to revolutionize the field of patient-provider interactions, making it easier for providers and enabling more personalized interactions with patients.
In an increasingly technology-driven world, it is imperative that the healthcare industry not only sees technology as a tool for diagnosis or care, but as an essential part of a more holistic approach constantly evolution. Health leaders need to think broadly and holistically when it comes to incorporating technology into their planning for the future. Leveraging the possibilities of using technology to save time, provide more accurate care, and personalize care delivery will inevitably be the future of care.
The technology has already shown its potential to help with personalization through machines and devices that provide more accurate diagnoses and treatment plans. As technology advances, the possibilities for personalizing healthcare are increasing.
In terms of administrative work and processing patient data, technology-assisted data assessments can help providers better understand patient needs and adapt their care plans. New technological tools are helping to analyze patient data and make connections between patient records that medical professionals could not on their own. These technology tools provide more context and detail for professionals to develop specific plans that benefit their patients, while ensuring that all aspects of their patient’s story are considered. While investing in systems for this level of care may seem daunting in the immediate future, the long-term benefits offer enough potential for a significant return on investment.
Automate processes to save time
Healthcare professionals spend a considerable amount of time on administrative tasks such as updating patient data and records or managing appointment schedules. In 2021, physicians reported spending an average of 15.6 hours per week on paperwork and other administrative tasks. This time can be used for active patient care through the use of technology. Technology solutions save suppliers time by helping to make these administrative processes more accurate and efficient.
New web-based applications and solutions, such as Iqvia, a healthcare information technology service, allow patients to virtually access their own medical records outside of appointments. These services also make it easier for patients to schedule appointments, make payments, and view test results. Giving patients the tools to engage in their own care not only increases patient empowerment, but also saves providers time by reducing unnecessary administrative communications with patients.
In terms of appointments with providers, telehealth options have been on the rise since the pandemic has increased the risk of in-person appointments. But telehealth options have benefits beyond health and safety concerns. In general, these solutions help providers maximize the time they have reserved for patients and reduce transportation-related appointment cancellations by reducing barriers preventing patients from getting to appointments. As we move into an environment where patients are more willing to visit doctors’ offices or hospitals and are not turning to telehealth out of fear, health officials should not abandon telehealth options as a pure COVID-focused innovation, but rather continue to invest and think more broadly about what the real possibilities of telehealth look like in a stabilized public health environment.
Optimize accessibility via the cloud
Cloud-based technology also offers providers the ability to operate more efficiently through easy access to patient information. Through the use of cloud technology, healthcare professionals can access data and files anywhere they have an internet connection. In addition to accessing patient information, cloud-based technology also makes it easier for providers to collaborate and share data. Cloud computing is accelerating the sharing of electronic records between providers and facilities, enabling closer collaboration between professionals regardless of location.
As our world continues to transform into a remote landscape where location is no longer a key factor in accessing patient information, healthcare providers must continue to seek cloud-based solutions for patient data. patients to ensure that patient treatment is not slowed down due to an inability to take advantage of all possible technological solutions.
Rely on wearable technology
Patients can also share data with their providers from anywhere, in real time, through gadgets such as wearable health devices that use cloud-based technology. Wearable healthcare technology has a variety of uses when it comes to providers’ ability to care for their patients. Throughout the pandemic, the wearable tech space has seen an acceleration of new uses, including real-time COVID-19 symptom monitoring, allowing providers to help patients before things get out of hand.
Some tech companies, such as BioIntelliSense, specialize in wearable health devices that monitor patients’ vital signs in real time to provide accurate health information and detect early trends that could indicate something more serious. These cost-effective solutions allow patients to access medical-grade care in the comfort of their own home. Especially in an era of increasing remote patient care, providers have a responsibility to determine how best to use wearable health technology to aid in more accurate preventive and diagnostic care for their patients.
Ultimately, success in healthcare comes from a variety of factors, the most important of which is the hard work of the people who make it work. Some may think that technology might dampen the level of human connection that makes the healthcare service what it is, but through thoughtful application, technology has the ability to personalize healthcare provider administration, speed the process of finding solutions and allowing greater accessibility of the moment. and where providers can help their patients.
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