Blog: November 28, 2016
5 technology trends disrupting healthcare
From mobile health apps that track medication adherence in real time to handheld telemedicine physical exam devices, advances in healthcare technology are powering better patient care, lowering patient and provider costs and enhancing quality of life. Below we’ve gathered five current trends influencing disruption in healthcare.
1. Data science
With the shift toward value-based care, consumer insight is the new face of healthcare. Technology plays an important role, as payers and providers can’t manage patient populations if they don’t have access to patient information. From electronic health records to digital health tools, technology bridges the data gap, with connectivity enabling the seamless exchange of patient information. But beyond aggregating data into a single repository, technology also plays an important role in making the information useful and actionable. Data interoperability is the real MVP in advancing actionable intelligence for life science and healthcare businesses.
2. Electronic health records (EHR)
With the transition to EHR, disparate health recording systems have become more integrated and streamlined. As a result, patient information is accessible quickly and from a wide variety of sources. This assists both doctors and patients to make more informed choices, as information--such as doctor’s notes and orders, test results, pharmacy records and personal medical updates--are accessible from a single platform. And when time is of the essence, this information can be lifesaving.
3. Patient and provider portals
Closely linked with EHR, portal technology allows clinicians, care teams and patients provide secure access to resources to better manage the patient care journey, from anywhere with internet connection. With access to personal health records and information within easy reach, such as clinician notes, lab results and prescriptions, along with medical content relevant to a patient’s care, portal technology is empowering every member of the patient care continuum with the resources they need to deliver and manage care.
4. Wellness and fitness apps
From personal fitness wearables that record data such as heart rate or steps taken during the day to bandages that sense infections, wearable technology continues to evolve rapidly. And with access to comprehensive data collected from wearables, clinicians can work with patients in discovering patterns, cycles or warnings about current or future health conditions.
5. Connected health
While the concept is not new, advances in technology are making telemedicine and remote monitoring even more practical and efficient. Whether a patient lives far away from the doctor’s office or is managing a chronic health condition that requires frequent care, remote monitoring has proven beneficial in lowering mortality rates, keeping healthcare costs down, and providing patients with expert and customized medical diagnoses and advice without the need for the physician and patient to be in the same room.
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