With an everyday increase in the competitive environment in the healthcare industry, healthcare providers are searching for improved methods to provide the patients, the best quality care services. At present, the methods formerly applied for providing healthcare are found to be insufficient to fulfill the new and rising healthcare requirements of the patients. For this reason, the healthcare industry is adopting and implementing latest and advanced technologies to ensure that their patients are benefitting from the best advancements and inventions in the healthcare arena. Following are some of the rising trends with regard to providing medical as well as healthcare services to patients:
Applications for Healthcare:
Nowadays, we see a rise in the use of healthcare apps and other software applications. These healthcare and medical applications have transformed and improved human life to a greater extent. These types of applications can transmit real-time vitals of the patients to physicians through intelligent apps. We have come across a large number of healthcare applications that are equipped with the real-time screening of the patient as well as armed with high-resolution imaging. These types of apps provide seamless and uninterrupted care to the patients at anytime and anywhere. These apps provide ease of access to patients and make it easier for them to take knowledge-based decisions about their health.
Medical sensors can be regarded as efficient tools to provide improved healthcare provision to the patients. These medical sensors allow healthcare providers to have real-time data of the patients and can alert if find any inconsistencies. These sensors have made decision making process easier. The most precedent aspect with respect to these sensors, for the manufacturer of medical devices, is to form higher quality algorithms and to build intelligent software for the users.
Integration of Social Networks:
Social networks can also integrate with the care delivery system and can fetch in revealing medical data when managing the health of a population. Rising fame of health apps and their easy integration with social networks has made it impossible to ignore the utilization of social networks in the care delivery mechanism. These networks allow and enable the patients as well as the medical staff to come in close contact with each other and work collaboratively. Many healthcare organizations have developed their own online portals to keep their patients social connected with the physicians. These types of networks allow inquiry about certain medical condition, its treatment and also provide a platform for the patients to discuss freely about their health status. In this way, building of strong and friendly relations with the medical and healthcare provider has been made possible.
Implementation of Advanced Technologies:
The current healthcare system is undergoing a reform. The healthcare reform that was initiated with the implementation of Affordable Care Act (ACA). Where these reforms largely restructured the Medicare and Medicaid systems and attempted to increase the health care insurance coverage, the health reforms also brought in the much needed health technologies to improve the overall care delivery system. Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems and advanced Practice Management tools have transformed the clinical processes and these technologies have become imperative in the current health system. Paperless clinics and hospitals have been made possible with the help of electronic medical records archiving which can gather a whole heap of clinical data including:
- Patient’s medical history
- Medical diagnosis
iii. Clinical examination reports
- Medical treatments and laboratory documents
- Electronic prescriptions
Archiving and utilizing the patients’ data to improve population health is a significant advancement that has been made possible through these smart health technologies.