3 TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE REVOLUTIONIZING INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH CARE
In the past years, the health industry has undergone major changes worldwide. Health reforms have required the modernization of information technology for health care and the industry moves towards a model of collaborative care. Many of these changes result in new tools and technology that improve efficiency, increase accuracy, and help organizations achieve more with fewer resources. And behind many of these technologies, there are telecommunication solutions that power these tools, demonstrating the importance of working with a quality telecommunications provider.
Following are three of the technologies that have played a catalytic role in the positive changes that the health care sector has experienced:
1. Technology services in the cloud (Cloud)
The cloud is used for a wide variety of functions within health care organizations. Medical records are an example, but there are many other uses for cloud computing in this industry.
For example, critical applications can be stored in the cloud, making it easy for anyone to access within the practice. Regardless of whether people are in different wings of the hospital, use a laptop or a tablet, they can access these applications easily. This reduces the number of stations and devices with unique functions, which also eliminates many long-term costs. The cloud can also be used for different administrative purposes, such as hosting data for financial, operational and human resources applications.
In short, doctors are finding a variety of uses for their mobile equipment.
2. Macro data analysis (Big Data) for better patient care
The availability of data storage is practical, since it facilitates the analysis of macro data to obtain valuable input that improves the efficiency and the care of the patient. Care has turned to quality care, and improvements in access to health data allow for greater depth of knowledge. For example, according to ABI Research, data from portable devices, such as the Google watch, are expected to eventually guide health care providers to improve levels and efficiency in patient care, leading to an investigative trend to identify health concerns before they turn into a crisis. Trends such as cases of drug-resistant bacteria or increase/reductions in other conditions can help guide resources and evaluate the effectiveness of the treatments. Access to health information also allows for more accurate diagnosis and accurate medical treatment.
3. Remote patient monitoring
Going to a hospital – even a medical office – can be inconvenient, which has increased the patient’s remote monitoring service as well as other forms of home health care. This type of monitoring increases the patient’s ability to receive quality health care while reducing the cost of the service. In addition, it is an optimal system for disabled people who find it difficult to visit a medical office or hospital institution.
“Remote patient monitoring improves the patient’s ability to receive quality health care while reducing the cost of the service.”
According to Information Week, remote monitoring uses a range of technologies ranging from sensors that are placed under the mattress to webcams for video chats, which transmit the information to the provider so that it can monitor the patient’s health. Again, this requires that health organizations have a solid telecommunications foundation, so that they can maintain contact with the patient.
Health organizations are constantly looking for ways to do more with fewer resources. Keeping up with the latest trends in telecommunications can help doctors operate more efficiently and effectively.
As technology continues to develop at a dramatic pace, we will continue to see an increase in the use of more electronic devices and fewer paper notes in the health care environment. The further development of products and services – such as healthcare mobile apps, Web app, online appointment systems, touchscreen tablets, servers, cloud technology, smart machines and smart printers – will bring about more significant changes in hospitals and health organizations all around the world. We will also see a boost to cost control initiatives related to the vital task of improving patient health.