2019 is bringing new technology trends to many industries, but healthcare may be the most intriguing of them all. Healthcare technology is forever changing, making it tricky for medical practices to stay on top of new tools and trends.
With healthcare technology, it’s now possible to talk to a doctor without leaving your home. There’s no telling what developments we’ll see for medical practices in the near future. Is there a healthcare technology revolution on the horizon? Well, innovations designed to enhance healing and transform healthcare are already here, according to distinguished doctors and researchers.
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Telehealth is starting to become a staple in the healthcare technology market. According to Healthcare Global, “Consumers are leading increasingly busy lifestyles, with up to 60% favoring digitally-led services.” The ease of connecting with healthcare professionals online is not only easier, but also less expensive. “Reimbursement initiatives underway in both arenas (telemedicine & remote monitoring devices) are likely to increase the use of the technologies.” Health Data management states, “…more savvy patients will want the same utility for healthcare that they experience everywhere else in life – getting what they want and need, when they want it.”
- AI (Artificial Intelligence)
According to the Cleveland Clinic, “AI is changing the game with its applications in decision support, image analysis, and patient triage.” Forbes expects AI for the Healthcare Application market will cross $1.7 billion by the end of 2019, and anticipates that by operationalizing AI platforms across healthcare workflows would result in 10-15% productivity gain over the next 2-3 years. “If AI can shape healthcare, it has to work through the regulations of healthcare. In fact, I see that as one of the biggest areas where the benefits will play out for the next 10-20 years,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai has previously stated.
- Health Wearables
Lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and heart disease are on the rise, making health wearables that monitor glucose, heart rate, physical activity, and sleep more attractive to those suffering from these health conditions. Healthcare Global says after partnering with Google, “health wearables company Fitbit is exploring the development of consumer and enterprise health solutions. Its acquisition of HIPAA-compliant health platform, Twine Health has seen the business enhance its clinical services by bringing on board a coaching platform, empowering people to seek better health outcomes.”
- Using IT For Patient Engagement & Experience
Patient engagement is a huge factor in healthcare, as it has many positive outcomes. Keeping a patient engaged in their health not only encourages them to make their frequent appointments but also forces a patient to be accountable. “Patient experience management encompasses the range of interactions that patients have with the healthcare system, including their care from health plans, and from doctors, nurses and staff in hospitals, physician practices and other healthcare facilities.” HealthData Management states, “Healthcare organizations will invest in care delivery models to meet patients where they are—say through portals, medical apps and remote patient monitoring.”
- Electronic Health Records & Appointment Reminders
Electronic Health Records and appointment reminders are simpler healthcare technologies in comparison to the above, yet they are extremely effective for medical practices across the country. It’s very important for a healthcare facility to have a great EHR System to manage patient information as well as an easy way to communicate with those patients about upcoming appointments. Alert Solutions helps medical providers improve efficiency by automating appointment reminders, ultimately reducing clerical busy work for doctors and minimizing patient no-show rates.
With healthcare technology continuing the push the envelope, medical practices and healthcare institutions should be reviewing these tools and trends often to improve efficiency and optimize patient health outcomes.