Modern communication and data transmission is increasingly changing the way society does common tasks like making a phone call. The healthcare industry has been moving forward with informatics for over a decade. Increasing the efficiency of the healthcare industry is one way to bring down the high prices. Cutting-edge solutions to information technology will reduce the bottom line while still allowing professionals to provide proper patient care. Looking into the future of healthcare offers some innovative trends in informatics.
Mobile health records are giving doctors more options when it comes to servicing their patients. The days of waiting for the answering service to contact a physician and request a callback may be over at last. MHealth solutions put the doctor’s office in the physician’s pocket. The future trends in mobile health technology point to both doctors and consumers turning to smartphone and tablet computer applications to manage healthcare, according to a recent article by Ken Terry of InformationWeek. With mobile EHR, physicians can review charts, issue prescriptions and provide consultations all while moving from point A to point B.
Digital health products empower patients. With the right application, patients can take control of their healthcare management. The newest trends in digital health allows for remote monitoring of patients with chronic and degenerative illnesses. For example, a diabetic could go online and chat with a remote nurse assigned to her case. This alleviates the need to call the doctors office with questions or concerns.
A patient could get readable data regarding their disease, so information is right at their fingertips. Healthcare professionals spend less time putting out fires for the chronically ill while patients gain more control over their own health. Digital healthcare services could be outsourced by a medical facility or practice, so at-home nurses and physicians are available 24/7 to help a patient if necessary.
Remote Hospital Monitoring
The overcrowding of emergency rooms has made sending patients home with monitoring devices an attractive option for medical facilities. Urgent care centers took part of the burden off ERs but informatics may lighten the load even further. TeleHealth monitoring is already available in some areas, but the service is expected to increase exponentially by the year 2016.
With remote hospital monitoring, an online nurse can monitor the patient’s vital signs and other key health indicators even after discharge. This means fewer patients taking up beds in the hospital simply for observation. Mobile devices will send data to a medical professional for evaluation. In the case of an emergency, the staff will send emergency service or tell the family how to handle certain situations.
The future of healthcare infomratics is in remote patient processing. With the escalating costs of medical care and the changes coming to the insurance industry, medical professionals are searching for ways to streamline. Remote handling of patients is one of the key features technology will offer in the coming years. Fewer emergency room backups, fewer tie-ups in doctors’ offices and home patient management all add up to fewer operating expenses while still providing patients with effective care.