The scope of current technology revolution continues to grow, impacting all industries as it develops. In healthcare, technology is increasingly playing a pivotal role in almost all processes ranging from patient registration and data monitoring to lab tests, self-care tools and beyond.
Devices like smartphones and tablets are starting to replace conventional monitoring and recording systems. The result is services expanding beyond the confines of hospital walls and integrating them with user-friendly, accessible devices.
As 2016 begins, we want to take a look at some of these technologies and how they are impacting our industry. The following are some key technological advances that are changing the face of healthcare.
A number of industry analysts have observed that increased accessibility of treatment is one of the most tangible ways that technology has changed healthcare. Advancement of technology in health care opens up many more avenues of exploration and research, which allows experts to make healthcare more driven and effective than it has ever been.
A key area that continues to evolve is patient care. The use of technology has made patient care safer and more reliable in many applications. The fact that nurses and doctors who are working on the frontline are now routinely using hand-held computers to record important real-time patient data and then sharing it instantly within their updated medical history is an excellent illustration of technology helping to improve patient care and the overall patient experience.
The advent of mobile health removes wires and cords and enables physicians and patients to check on healthcare processes. Smartphones and tablets allow healthcare providers to more freely access and send information. Physicians and service providers can use M-Health tools for orders, documentation and simply to access a greater deal of information when interacting with patients.
Patients are increasingly becoming active players in their own healthcare, and portal technology is one tool helping them to do so. Portal technology allows physicians and patients to access medical records and interact online, empowering the patient and adding a degree of power in the ability to become an active participant in their care.
Similar to portal technology, self-service kiosks can help expedite processes like hospital registration. Patients can increasingly do everything related to registration without having to talk to anyone. This generates savings on staffing, and many patients are more comfortable with this practice, which is an additional benefit. Automated kiosks can assist patients with paying co-pays, checking identification, signing paperwork and other registration requirements.
These technologies are changing the face of healthcare. The industry is moving so fast it’s difficult to keep up. Stay tuned to the Bairo Corporation blog to stay up-to-date and be informed about this exciting industry.
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