Accessibility to technology is at a step where every lay man can contribute to the healthcare industry. So, what can we expect for our changing healthcare IT future? What user interface we'd be using for our everyday healthcare checks? With changing times comes new challenges; hop on the ride to review some of the changes that will shape Healthcare IT world.
Electronic Health Technology (EHR) has emerged as one of the key technologies providers will use in order to streamline their clinical and practice workflow in their practices. EHR allows the provider, patient, healthcare facilities and even family members of patients to remain connected. With its power of interoperability, it can connect healthcare providers across states through real time data which can be used by the providers for clinical decision making support. With standards set for healthcare by the government to increase every year, providers will need the latest EHR technology. At CureMD, we try to remain up-to-date; we are ICD-10 and Meaningful Use Stage 2 ready.
Personalizing the care provided to the patient will be the focus of healthcare IT world in the future. Companies like Nike, Apple and Casio are already making healthcare applications that provide real time data. It is the focus of the healthcare industry to provide as much information to the patient as possible so that they become responsible for the decisions they make as far as their lifestyle choices are concerned. Real time feedback from gadgets allows the patient to remain connected with the information provided by the bio-mechanics of the body.
Mobile applications will be the new game changer as far as healthcare industry is concerned. Mobile EHR and applications that provide all kind of data will emerge as valuable assets not only for home bound patients but for providers who want to monitor their patient data. Using Mobile EHR, patients will be able to set an appointment; likewise providers will be able to respond to patients with just a few taps on the screen. A mobile in your hand is far better than sitting on computer screen all day long, punching keys. It's more efficient.
Multi-slice CT (MSCT) is transforming the healthcare IT industry like never before. Radiologists are using 3D images to visualize data in more spatially exciting ways. It allows them to view shapes as they are in reality. The next stage will be 4D and holographic images which will allow them to interact with the images and data they deal with in real life. MIT team recently made a technology that helps you interact with the soft data in real life.
Healthcare IT industry will utilize data from any source to build upon new trend of exploring what's still unknown in the world of technology. Social mediums like Twitter and Facebook are changing the way we interact with stakeholders in the healthcare industry. The future of healthcare IT is innovation, and at CureMD, we are excited to be a part of it.Frank Roberts is a senior Healthcare IT analyst. He currently helps practices adapt electronic medical records to workflow processes that improve clinical outcomes. He contribute regularly at http://blog.curemd.com/