The digitalization of healthcare is a rapidly evolving movement. Given the sensitive information involved in the healthcare industry, there are a number of factors to consider when digitizing elements of medical monitoring, recording, assessment making and sharing.
As you’re probably already familiar, a number of systems have begun to be put in place to revolutionize healthcare and deliver patients the best care possible.
For example, think of how easy it’s become for your practice’s patients to book appointments online, to monitoring their test results online in their patient portal or to sync and share their daily health logs with you.
Some healthcare digitizations happened as society adopted the technology, so you might not have noticed your practice becoming technologically equipped and apt.
Let’s take a look at the current state of digitization in healthcare.
One of the bigger movements in adapting medical practices to technology is the integration of information online in an effort to create fluid communication between patients and physicians. A communications server is necessary for every practice to monitor and organize all patient information for physician review. Ideally, the server tracks patient actives and medical logs and gathers the information for a physician to continually assess. Communicating via the exchange of information online keeps patients connected to physicians and ensure thorough comprehensive care.
The next piece of tech equipment that must be excelling is a device monitoring system. Patients wear devices to track vitals, activity and many other variables of doctors’ concerns. Without a system in place to constantly track these variables in real-time, the tracking system becomes inefficient and effectually, pointless.
The interconnectedness of devices begs for strong monitoring systems so that wearables can achieve their optimum potential in the healthcare space.
Maintenance cycle prediction
Something in medical practice that eats away at efficiency and time is non-operating devices and equipment. By implementing a system that monitors device performance, maintenance issues can be predicted and avoided ahead of time. These programs also predict routine maintenance checks. During periods of scheduled maintenance, the staff is informed so as not to book any related appointments.
Patient communication is becoming more active. Augmented reality and patient portal mobility contribute to genuine conversations with physicians and realistic engagement with products, medications and devices. Physicians can now monitor patient activity in real-time and offer insight on the spot.
Instant access to information has afforded patients more responsibility for their own health. Instead of waiting to see a physician about a symptom, diagnosis or treatment plan, patients have all of their medical information in front of them. They’re aware of necessary next-steps in treatment and track their own progress toward health goals. Giving responsibility back to the patient is one of the greatest revolutions occurring in the digitization of healthcare.
Between an aging population and generation that was born into mobility, access to medical care from anywhere in the world is essential and already available. Integrating systems that permit check-ins, communication, data transfer and report shares from a mobile device keeps patients happy as they can enjoy their mobile lives. It also grants physicians more flexibility than ever before, as they can check in on their smartphone, communicate with a patient or go over a result within minutes from their mobile phone.
The digital elements mentioned above are guiding healthcare’s technological revolution, and even more digital implementations are in place and unfolding. To learn more about the digital movement in healthcare, reach out to Mercedes Transcription and get up to speed on where to take your practice next.