Technology has evolved to its peak and has been still improving to encounter human issues. It provides a great level of comfort and convenience. I asked a medical professional with a huge experience regarding the introduction of technology in healthcare and his answer was quite interesting. He said, “Have you seen paper charts? At the beginning of my practice, a paper chart was our only medical record. It consisted of sections like include patient's name, date of birth and the first few letters of his/her last name. Based on these details, the staff used to file it alphabetically in the chart room”.
Previously, like in any other office, people use to keep the records in a file or a folder. This might seem simpler to look out for a specific patient’s information but may get a bit difficult when you practically do it. Although placing and finding the required file or folder seems simple, this method has its limitations which includes:
· The room can only be used by only one person at a time
· No way to access the data remotely
· Reporting requires manual abstraction which may take longer times
· Avoiding drug-drug interactions are quite difficult
· Cannot track patients’ condition once the patients leave the hospital or clinic
To counter such situations and make healthcare more convenient and accessible to everyone and whenever required, researchers have introduced technology to deliver better patient experiences. A lot of providers have come up with EHR, EMR, Telemedicine, etc., which serve a great help. The innovations of such healthcare products and IT solutions help in computerized Patient Order Entry (CPOE) and remote monitoring tools to improve the parameters of patient care, quality, access, and efficiency.
The following are the 5 reasons to explain the significance of technology in healthcare:
Picking out a folder or a file from a room filled with thousands of similar informative substitutes is quite a headache. EHR and EMR are the solutions for such hurdles. EHR and EMR save the patient information in an electronic format which can be accessed through electronic devices like mobile phones, computes, etc. Some of the advanced versions of EHR and EMR include the cloud storage feature which provides a secure shared network and can be accessed via all kinds of digital devices. The comprehensive, real-time data in EHRs and EMRs, with communication features, safety alerts, reporting capabilities, and accessibility from remote locations provides the ability to access, share and view the information of a patient remotely.
2. Real-time analysis and treatment
The technology produces a robust connection to transfer and receive the patient data in real-time through wearables in the form of a watch, band, etc. These updates are shared over the Internet. This facility enables the patients to transmit their health information like blood glucose levels, heart rate, blood pressure, etc. Some of the advanced equipment also share exercise and sleep pattern stats.
This data can be synced with EHR and EMR systems to keep track of the patient’s health information. The integration of such equipment enables the ability to deliver better, and more individualized care.
3. Counter medical emergencies
In case of emergencies, reaching the nearest hospital is the priority. But a doctor’s advice and guidance at the same time can help to improve the patient’s condition. The telemedicine technology has decreased down the distances between the doctors and the patients to interact with each other. The consultation is based on the internet platform and is carried out through video interaction. Such technology features provide the ability to deliver healthcare in remote places and safeguards to save lives.
4. Eases pre and post consultation or treatment processes
The introduction of patient portals and bill payment platforms over the internet is a boon. They allow the patients to perform the time-consuming processes easily. The patient portal which can be linked to a healthcare provider’s website allows the patients or the users to schedule an appointment, cancel or re-schedule it, get doctor’s notes and prescriptions, etc. The bill payment platform can be of similar type and helps the patients to make their bill payments online. Some of the bill payment platforms are HIPAA complaints and allows you to make the payments by claiming your active insurance policies.
5. Builds trust between the patient and doctor
The technologies help the patient and the doctor to connect anytime and anywhere. This creates a confident vibe in the patient’s mind that they can get in touch with the doctor whenever required, at least over a video chat.
The above-mentioned factors should carry enough explanation to answer the question about the importance of adopting healthcare technologies.
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