Despite what would normally be believed, that Healthcare stays at the top of the digital revolution, statistics show that there haven’t been many companies that went digital, as it happens with other industries.
When we address Digital Transformation we are talking about using technology for elevating efficiency and reducing negative outcomes through cutting-edge technology implementation such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) - Enabled medical devices, also telemedicine, and EHR (Electronic Health Records).
A mixture of needs to deliver a better treatment based on quality while reducing waste, combined with patients requirements and exigencies constantly growing makes the Digital transformation something imminent.
Notwithstanding, this process is expensive, so careful decisions have to be made in order to invest in the best-emerging technologies possible.
The path to upgrade Healthcare Solutions
Factors you can't miss
On-Demand Healthcare’s been growing lately. Not only because of the busy schedules people have, but also their need to be in control of where and when to receive medical attention.
Since the world’s speed and lifestyle are fast and productivity and efficiency became priorities, Mobile appears as an important consideration.
Doctors, hospitals, and medical facilities are being researched through smartphones, as well appointments are being booked, meaning that people are relating in better ways with technology and also that they’re using it, opening new doors to apply marketing strategies and others to reach potential clients.
Unlike what used to happen in the past where patients would develop close relationships with doctors and value their local medical systems, it is now more likely for them to switch providers if they feel that the medical care is not as they would expect.
As a must for Digital Health Systems: Online open scheduling, Real-time test results, Automated reminders and suggestions, Friendly Interfaces, Successful and easy communications Patient - Providers, are examples of what can’t be missing.
Another important topic is Big Data.
To make healthcare function in the best possible way, Big Data should be aligned to provide a better experience, client-driven to offer what they feel more comfortable with in order to boost the standards of healthcare systems.
Big data can add some really important benefits. Having information that can lead to reducing medical errors, improving preventive care, and also being able to predict future admission rates to avoid understaffed complications can be really helpful.
If this idea of prediction to avoid negative situations amazes you, the final ingredient to determine Big Data’s importance is that not only you can avoid administrative complications, you can also be prepared to confront illnesses and diseases.
Imagine you could anticipate massive events and use in your favor all the possibilities acquired through technology development. Be ahead of any cold or flu and know when to hire temporary staff.
Nowadays we count on so much information and data acquired through the last decades, but data without purpose or a plan of action is just numbers and statements, in fact, there’s a lot of Data collected that’s not in use.
The game-changer is when you learn and use this information which is precious as the motor of action. When information is what draws and drives the route.
One more important reason to encourage Digital Transformation is that Virtual Reality has been gaining territory since it helps to treat pain, anxiety, strokes, and more.
While people were getting used to dealing with pain and disorders by consuming medication, this new asset appears to reeducate and show other possibilities of treatment.
From helping Doctors and Students with their skills to enabling them to plan complicated surgeries, Virtual Reality sets itself as one of the main trending topics in Healthcare.
Another one is Wearable Medical Devices such as Heart rate sensors, sweat meters, oximeters, exercise trackers.
Lately, healthcare companies have been investing in this technology which gathers up-to-date information that can be used to determine possibilities of a major health event.
While in the past patients would be okay with receiving a once-a-year health study, nowadays the desire for prevention and maintenance has grown. This relates to the main objectives of applying Wearable Technology which are to make the healthcare experience a personalized one, raising trust and conformity, and also being able to obtain information to rate patient’s risk for illnesses and target insurance pricing. Also motivating people to create competitive goals to reach, such as exercise, diet, and nutrition.
Connecting to healthcare improvement, Artificial Intelligence (AI) sets itself as one of the main attributes of the transformation. Millions are being invested every year and it is expected that this technology will shape almost all facets of the industry.
Nurse robots that can assist nurses with routine tasks, Chatbots that can diagnose you, or provide therapy, or offer customer service.
Despite these surreal characteristics, the main reason AI is so important is that it can definitely make an impact in precision medicine, medical imaging, drug discovery, genomics, and more.
There’s no doubt that it is the ace up its sleeve.
The future of medical charts and interoperability
And last, but not least, the Blockchain and Electronic Health Records (EHR).
A computerized database of transactions that allows customers to safely exchange financial information with suppliers, with the lack of a third party, everything shared across a computer network.
Expected to grow and be a key role advocating for safety and accuracy, related to Electronic Health Records (EHR).
In healthcare blockchains have proven to be what was needed to finally develop a safe and accurate record to link and connect information that can elevate the quality of healthcare.
Previously having patient information such as medical history, diagnoses, test results and more when an emergency happens is priceless since lots of lives can be saved. This is the reason why Electronic Health Records (EHR) are so important and urgent.
Digital Health Transformation, appealing as it sounds, demands a unique and personalized form of restructuration since every healthcare provider is on a different stage.
There is a high investment needed that will eventually help ease costs and allow profit to grow in a consistent way.
Since the world's needs and conditions are mutating in ways history has never seen before, there’s an obligation approaching all Healthcare Systems to provide the best healthcare there is and there are no doubts that the ideal one is technology-driven. Only the ones capable of adapting will remain.
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