The rapid advance of technology is dramatically impacting workforce behavior across multiple generations, from Millennials to baby boomers. Today’s worker expects the same innovation, convenience, and security they experience as consumers to aid them in the workplace. Unfortunately, this is often not the case in the life sciences and healthcare arena.
Healthcare organizations today face a myriad of workforce planning issues, from shortages of skilled personnel to needs for improved diversity and inclusion. As budget planning season moves into full-swing, human resource-related topics need their moment in the spotlight. Solutions requiring capital investment need to be discussed with an open mind. Workforce management has become a strategic issue in healthcare. Hence, the team bearing responsibility for juggling the issues deserves a spot at the planning table.
The method of communication has already had major impacts on the healthcare industry and increased the level of access patients have with their providers, but the changes are just beginning. With more advancements and adoption of mobile technology in every aspect of patients’ lives, texting still has the potential to radically change the healthcare process.
As healthcare continues to combat patient identification issues, biometric technology is poised to gain greater traction at hospitals and other health-related organizations seeking to prevent medical errors, combat fraud and identity theft, improve their patient matching abilities, and safeguard their reputations.
Given the potential of total interoperability, our excitement is understandable. Many believe the establishment of a national registry for the purposes of data exchange should be the healthcare industry’s ultimate goal, especially as we shift toward value-based care. Unfortunately, the reality is that total, ubiquitous interoperability within the context of a shared, national data registry is likely to fall short of these utopic visions and could even be harmful to independent HIT vendors and physician practices.
For many healthcare practices, having an online portal provides an easy way for patients to access their health information and receive online payments. But a patient portal has the potential to be so much more, delivering a wide range of benefits for patients and practices alike.
Practice Velocity (PV), an urgent care software solutions company, announced today they have achieved certification to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC-Health IT) 2015 Edition Health IT module for VelociDoc® 18.5.
Zingbox, the provider of the most widely deployed healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) analytics platform, recently announced that University of Iowa Health Care has deployed Zingbox’s IoT Guardian to protect and monitor their network of connected medical devices.