It’s amazing to see how far technology has advanced and its contribution towards the healthcare landscape. The convergence of healthcare technology, digital media and mobile technology is increasingly seen as an integral part of a connected healthcare solution in enabling more effective integrated care.
The transformation in healthcare technology has benefit not only healthcare providers through operations efficiency, but also to patients by enabling better communication between patients and physicians through the use of mobile health apps and monitoring devices, enhancing the patient journey and delivery better quality of care.
The following are some areas where technology and innovation is revolutionizing the healthcare industry.
Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
Traditionally, managing patient health records in physical form had many challenges – unnecessary downtime required to search for documents, handwriting illegible, and degradation of documents.
Electronic Medical Records (EMR) not only solved these problems, but also enabled physicians and patients to access and share health information securely. A centralized health record depository provides a holistic view of a patient medical history and trends, facilitating more focused and accurate care to patients.
Structured and properly indexed healthcare information reduce the risk of misinformation and enable physicians to provide accurate diagnosis to deliver better quality of care. Healthcare providers can also have better visibility of their operations with business intelligence tools and gain the ability to perform business analytics to improve efficiency.
Mobile software applications have improved the accessibility for patients and healthcare providers. Not only healthcare providers, but patients can now take control and manage their health records securely and at any time of the day –scheduling appointments, synchronizing of health metrics from health monitoring devices or accessing their lab reports and test results.
Patients can now take a more pro-active approach in managing their personal health, and also break down the communication barrier between patients and healthcare providers.
Telemedicine / Telehealth
Telemedicine or telehealth such as video conferencing have become an alternative channel for medical consultation. Cost effective aside, it has also benefited elderly or disabled patients, where even commuting to clinics may be a hassle.
With the aid of health monitoring devices, telehealth programmes can also help healthcare providers to monitor their patients remotely, picking up events and symptoms otherwise undetectable from periodic clinic visits, enabling quicker response time should the need arises.