Healthcare organizations continue to adopt information technology for better patient care. Headlining these innovations are technologies for remote care management, providing patients with an immediate link to their care team for regular monitoring at home, or wherever they happen to be.
More of the same and plenty of the new are on tap for health IT in 2018. Here are five trends to watch as the year unfolds.
It’s been said before; the millennials want more technology in their healthcare. Millennials want to be able to text their doctor, and millennials are driving expectations for healthcare. But what about everybody else? Are millennials the only ones healthcare providers should cater to?
Increasing numbers of healthcare professionals are using cellphones at work, as the benefits of being able to communicate with colleagues, gain access to information, and share data more freely become more widely recognized throughout the industry. One report suggests as many of 90 percent of clinicians, and around half of nurses and other staff members now use a smartphone at work, which isn't hugely surprising given 95 percent of Americans now own a cellphone of some kind.
Smartphones transformed healthcare communications, but thanks to a new trend called the “Converged Device,” they’re about to revolutionize care delivery. One all-purpose device replaces a belt-full of single-purpose devices. And beyond sheer convenience, the results are stark: better care, higher patient satisfaction, better outcomes.
Despite the best intentions, healthcare organizations can struggle with consistently and reliably collecting precise patient information and matching individuals to their medical records. The consequences of patient misidentification and mismatching can be severe, ranging from medical errors to adverse effects on the bottom line. Patient misidentification also makes it difficult for organizations to track their costs and determine the total cost of care in risk-based arrangements.
As a society, we know how important it is to be healthy. When we’re not, the costs are staggering. According to Gallup, the cost of employee absenteeism related to chronic conditions and obesity is expected to reach $153.4 billion this year alone. According to Onlife Health, Inc., people who are fit are also four to five times more productive than those who are unfit.
For individuals with type 1 diabetes (such as myself), frequent monitoring of blood glucose is a necessity of life. A blood glucose level that climbs too high or falls too low can lead to dangerous health situations, and keeping relentless track of the level is essential to managing diabetes effectively. To help provide this important information, many individuals wear a Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) device which includes a hair’s-width under-skin sensor and a small transmitter pack. The CGM measures blood glucose in real-time and sends that data wirelessly to a nearby display device.
Many industry leaders championed a free market approach to healthcare during the 12th Annual World Health Care Congress last week. Here are a few key reasons why I don’t think this model is “the fix” our industry so desperately needs.
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PatientReach Tablet is the revolutionary tool that transforms the check-in process. Simply hand patients the tablet when they arrive and PatientReach will prompt them to check themselves in and review and update personal information–but it doesn’t stop there.
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Mobile devices can save time, reduce errors, and real time data access at the point-of-care. With mobile computers, healthcare providers have access to patient information on-demand and at any location in the facility. In general, these point-of-care computing solutions include tablets, laptops, smartphones, mobile carts, handheld scanners, and RFID readers. All of these mobile devices are essential to the larger category of mHealth solutions.
Mobile devices like tablets and laptops offer providers easy access to EHR/EMR systems, allowing doctors to diagnose patients quickly and have patient information available to them immediately. Handheld scanners, barcode scanners, barcoded wrist bands, RFID tags, and other identification applications allow for quick and easy identification of patients and medications. These technologies ensure proper medication dispensing and also provide patient security and safety.
Many of these mobile devices are housed in mobile carts, allowing for quick and easy access to tools, additional battery power for all devices, and enhanced mobility. All of these mobile computing technologies allow healthcare providers to access and record patient data in real time at the point-of-care, ensuring the highest quality healthcare possible.
How robotics has the power to transform healthcare. By Christine Kern, contributing writer