Improving Healthcare Delivery
Advances in informatics, biometrics, and other smart technologies promise to dramatically affect how health care is delivered. Patients may become more empowered and disease prevention, rather than treatment, more central. And the opportunity exists for hospitals and surgeries to become more integrated and efficient.
Personalized medicine is fast becoming a reality. High-speed broadband and smartphones have empowered consumers in retailing and banking, so how will telecommunication advances impact their personal healthcare practices?
Year after year, healthcare technology has helped increase physicians’ access to electronic health information, reduce medical errors during care episodes, and lower the overall cost of care. With federal and state programs offering incentives to providers for health IT adoption, areas of technology like cloud storage, wearable devices, data analytics, and artificial intelligence will have the greatest effect on healthcare providers in the coming years.
With the business of health flourishing and biotech companies growing, so too are start-up ventures creating apps to help people monitor everything from pulse to sleep patterns. Health monitoring in the home, using wristbands, laptops, and smartphones, offers the potential to change the face of health care. Is the hospital of the future in the home?
Consumer interest in health news is always high. The same is true for technology. With the two fields converging, the appetite for information will intensify. Consumers want information and they want it now. Smartphone technology, social media, and data mining will drive change and shift the future of health care. In just a single generation there has been a fundamental shift in the way people interact with personal technology. Consumers, providers and employers are beginning to demand access to information in order to make the best choices possible.
Technology continues to play a role inside and outside the doctor’s office. Since much of a patient’s health depends on the decisions that he or she makes every day — like diligently taking medicine or eating well – technology can help hold patients accountable and get much needed support.
Melody K. Smith
Sponsored by Access Integrity, delivering advanced technology solutions for full and complete compliant processing of medical transactions to the healthcare industry.