In a world where everything is “smart,” it’s no surprise that the healthcare industry is reaping the benefits of digital innovation. Not only has it allowed for more efficiency and better care within our organizations, it’s given us the tools we need to ensure that our patients live longer, healthier lives.
Here are a few of the latest digital trends that have the potential to revolutionize the way we do healthcare.
The Cloud has given patients more accessibility.
There are few things more worrying for patients than waiting to hear the results of lab work. Thanks to Cloud access, patients are now able to use their mobile devices to access medical records and test results. Of course, this has also necessitated more data security measures, to protect patient information, but patients are now able to view their test results the moment they become available.
With telemedicine, patients and doctors can more easily schedule check-ups and fill prescriptions.
Telemedicine is beneficial for many patients, but especially for patients with chronic disease and patients who live in remote areas, as well as those seeking medical attention for mental health. Gone are the days of scheduling an appointment far in advance only to sit in a waiting room, as patients now have the ability to hop on a call with their doctor from wherever they are. Telemedicine saves time and money.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is keeping us connected.
Did you know that you can now get an ECG, perform a home blood test, and take your temperature from your cell phone? Many tools are even available that remind patients to check their weight and oxygen levels. Digital trends, like IoT and wearables, are making it easier for physicians to help patients track their health and transfer results from the comfort of their homes. Now that’s smart technology.
Big data is allowing us to make “smarter” decisions.
As a subset of IoT capabilities, big data is giving physicians and healthcare leaders the information they need to make better, smarter decisions. Plus, its predictive capabilities give physicians the ability to take preventive action sooner than ever before.
Patients feel more empowered to make decisions.
Perhaps one of the most welcome benefits of current digital trends is that t has empowered patients to take a more active role in their health. In turn, this has led to higher patient satisfaction rates and shorter waiting room times.
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