Healthcare is an industry that is constantly changing to make it accessible to as many people as possible. Advances are made every day, and new technologies aimed at reshaping the healthcare industry are likely to be introduced as you read this article. Thankfully, before COVID-19 changed life as we know it, healthcare technology innovators and platforms like Veriheal have already changed how providers interact with patients and how they manage their electronic records.
Augmented Reality, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain – all of these technologies are helping healthcare organizations to meet the ever-growing demand for efficient patient care. However, our confidence was shaken earlier this year when the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic. A new virus that was unknown would test the whole world and rock governments to the core.
The blow was even harder for the Americans – our healthcare system is out of date and we need to do something about it quickly. A recent survey found that 43.4% of adults in the United States between the ages of 19 and 64 are underinsured, 12.5% are uninsured, and 21.3% are underinsured.
The only way to solve these problems is to make health care more accessible to people and to actively work to spread the right information and awareness. Technology is a huge asset that can help with both of these challenges. Here are just a few examples of how it can transform the healthcare industry as we know it.
Digitization of health records
Doctors and health professionals across the country grapple with mountains of paperwork every day. The traditional management of patient records has become tedious and requires a lot of energy and time on the part of healthcare professionals. The time spent collecting, recording and transferring patient data to other facilities could be better used for the actual treatment of patients.
Electronic Health Records (EHR) are basically a summary of a patient’s medical records that can be uploaded to the cloud and accessed by any healthcare professional in the country or around the world when needed. This means that a patient does not need to collect all of the medical records from the providers they have visited before going to a new specialist.
Everything would be accessible with just a few clicks – allergies, intolerances, previous injuries and everything that could be relevant to the treatment of the patient. These records are especially useful when the patient is unconscious and unable to answer any of the doctor’s questions.
A good example of how EHR is already being used in the U.S. is Veriheal, a healthcare technology platform focused on educating, educating, and connecting patients in need of medical marijuana cards with doctors and professionals. Their EHR platform helps clinicians collect medical records, manage appointments, and conduct telemedicine sessions while maintaining patient confidentiality and privacy.
Veriheal’s goal is to make the experience of consulting a medical marijuana doctor as easy as possible. Their online solutions allow patients in most states to consult a doctor online from the comfort of their own home. In addition, Veriheal’s platform is secure and HIPPA compliant, so both patients and clinicians know their records are safe, saving both time and energy for patients and providers.
Mobile apps bridge connections
People are almost inextricably linked to their handheld devices, be it smartphones or tablets. So why not use these devices sensibly?
With mobile apps, patients can instantly access their medical information, keep track of their appointments, get reminders to take their medication on time and even be reminded when it’s time to schedule a new exam. If health and fitness apps are already helping people keep track of their activity, food, and hydration, then why not take this to the next level?
These types of apps can also help doctors reduce the time it takes to maintain records or perform other routine tasks. Much of their time can also be saved by providing patients with accurate information about certain prescription drugs through these apps, effectively minimizing the number of questions doctors receive.
Telemedicine improves access and saves time
Telemedicine existed long before the coronavirus pandemic, but not many people knew about it until they thought twice before leaving the house. If you think about it, telemedicine should be the next rational step in health system development because patients can consult specialists regardless of their physical location. This has the potential to actually save lives!
If a patient can’t go to the doctor’s office, they can call, schedule a telemedical consultation, and then use various apps or devices to transfer data to the doctors. These apps allow doctors to review biosignals, medical images, test results, and a host of other information to help make accurate diagnoses. This can shorten the waiting time for patients and speed up treatment.
Big data makes it possible to identify trends
Big data is now ubiquitous, so it’s not surprising that it’s built into healthcare too. With large amounts of data, we can collect and analyze information found online and identify or predict patterns and trends that can be used in the future to improve technology and the user experience.
The healthcare industry could benefit in a number of ways:
- Less medical errors: By analyzing patient records, the software can determine if there are any inconsistencies related to the patient’s medical history and prescribed medication, and signal whether there is a potential risk of error.
- Better provision: Everyone in the healthcare industry knows frequent fliers – returning patients who come to the emergency room far too often. In fact, they make up 28% of emergency rooms. To prevent them from returning as often as possible, big data can be used to identify these people and create customized preventive treatment plans.
- Allocation of the right staff: Big data can perform in-depth analytics that predict future clinic and hospital approval rates, helping them assign the right number of staff and reduce patient waiting times.
While COVID-19 has changed the way people interact with one another and has created barriers to accessing medical providers for some people, health technology continues to advance, making it faster and easier to see a doctor when telehealth is a viable one Option is. Patients and doctors benefit from the easy way to send and receive recordings via secure platforms and save time with user-friendly apps. Over time, big data will prove to be a valuable asset in making treatment decisions and making optimal use of hospital resources.
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