5 Surprising Ways Healthcare Technology Can Help Your Medical Practice
How Healthcare Technology Helps Your Medical Practice
Keeping up with the latest trends in healthcare can improve your services. Here are five surprising ways healthcare technology can help your medical practice.
Like every other business today, medical practices are not immune to the disruption of technology.
But disruption isn’t always a bad thing. You can strengthen your organization with innovative healthcare technology.
There are two keys to getting the most from technology. First, keep an open mind. Second, invest in technology with long horizons. In other words, choose technology can that scale or evolve.
Read on to discover 5 ways this kind of healthcare technology can help your medical practice thrive today and tomorrow.
1. Patient Satisfaction
Let’s be real. Technology has raised everyone’s expectations in all aspects of our lives. We want things to be faster, more convenient, and more accurate.
In a healthcare setting, those expectations most often relate to delivery. Delivery of care in all forms from diagnoses to treatment.
The good news is that technology can help you meet those expectations. And, therefore, improve patient satisfaction.
For example, electronic health records, secure video consultations, and wearables for managing chronic illness allow patients more control and insight related to their care. That kind of participation can improve outcomes and increase patient satisfaction.
Plus, many systems developed for healthcare also improve efficiency. That translates to improve patient confidence.
2. AI-Assisted Diagnoses
Clinical peer reviews have been around for more than 100 years. The purpose is a “double check” by another qualified practitioner. Peer reviews can help verify diagnoses, research reports, and treatment plans.
But with many processes performed by humans, there can be abuse. It’s uncommon but peer reviewers can be swayed by assumptions, ambition, or corruption.
Using AI (artificial intelligence) to perform peer reviews removes risk. There can be no personal bias and other quirks of human nature.
AI can access umpteen times more data in far less time than any peer looking to verify a diagnosis or treatment plan. This reduces lag time and delays in making any adjustments to action plans.
Embracing this healthcare technology is another way to allow clinicians to focus on human interaction. And high-quality of patient care is vital to successful medical practices.
3. Personalized Drugs
Few doctors still say, “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning”. Yet, it’s still common that medications come in only one or two standard doses.
But not for long.
Personalized drug composition and dosing will be ordinary sooner than you might think.
Healthcare technology can enable clinicians to see many of a patient’s genetic and metabolic markers. With that information, the risk of adverse reactions to specific medications can be assessed.
The other technology is 3D printing. Since 2016 when the FDA approved the first 3D-printed drug, the popularity of this method of drug production has grown.
There are several benefits to “printing” pills, including:
- Doses can be tailored precisely to a patient’s weight, metabolic profile, and tolerance level
- Unique combinations of medication in one capsule can improve compliance
- Drug prices can come down because large facilities and production runs aren’t necessary
- Dose adjustments are easy
In many ways, personalized drugs are disrupting pharmacology and the pharmaceutical industry. And, both patients and medical teams will benefit.
4. Recovery and Follow-Up Care
There are several ways that healthcare technology improves how quickly and how well people recover.
A simple example involves surgical tools. Think about how many surgeries can now be done laparoscopically. Technology has reduced the need for major invasion surgery. In turn, those procedures demand less recovery time.
Every year, technologies for surgery and treatment are refined. With each evolutionary step, there’s less “damage” to the body.
But sometimes incisions or aggressive treatments can’t be avoided. In those situations, wearable trackers can be helpful for remote monitoring of recovery.
Follow-up care can also improve with new technologies. Video medicine makes remote checkups possible. Apps can allow patients to share biodata with physicians who catch early signs of problematic recovery.
5. Staff Efficiency and Accountability
Organizations like healthcare technology that makes staff more efficient.
Guess what? Most staff appreciate those efficiencies once they adapt to the change.
Why? Because technology can take care of routine or low-skill tasks. That gives people time and brain bandwidth to use their knowledge and expertise to deal with exceptions and solve problems.
And, for a lot of people, problem-solving is the most rewarding part of their work.
So, they’ll use voice recognition software (with medical dictionaries) to add notes to patient files. They’ll adapt to sending and receiving electronic transmission of scans, lab results, and pharmacological recommendations to gain the benefit of reduced lag time between diagnosis and treatment.
Technology that improves efficiency often improves accountability too. Without extra effort from the user, time stamps, security settings, and automatic data validation can prevent issues. Or, if there is a problem, the “paper trail” is easy to follow back to the source so that recurrence can be avoided.
Managing Healthcare Technology
The rate of change to technologies in healthcare will continue to accelerate. The benefits to patients, healthcare workers, and healthcare organizations are too great for the pace to slow.
But how can your medical practice stay on top of what’s new? How can you decide which of your current technologies needs replacing? Chasing every shiny object isn’t a good idea. It consumes valuable time and deteriorates core competencies.
Yet, you can’t afford to stand still. The healthcare landscape is too competitive for that to be a viable option.
The answer could lie in finding the right partnerships to offset the risks of implementing new technology. Or, the answer could be making strategic decisions to revolutionize your operations.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. But at Advances in Management (AIM), we work closely with leaders to help you find the solution that’s best for your organization. We are committed to helping you position yourself for success.
We bring new and sometimes revolutionary solutions to the healthcare system. Our goal is to provide real-time, accessible, actionable information that improves patient care.
Are you ready to embrace outcome-driven approaches to optimizing your organization’s performance? Do you want to know how to implement healthcare technology that supports sustainable growth?
Contact us today to speak with one of our healthcare solutions experts.