As we observe the different institutions present today, such as schools, banks, hospitals etc. it is hard to overlook the growing use of technology that is gradually taking over the various industries.
The use of technology in the healthcare sector has grown so vast that certain processes are now only being implemented by automated devices such as billing, recording patient’s info and the like.
It is safe to say that processes that were once carried out manually are slowly being taken over by automated devises such as computers, and all of this is for the better.
So the question is, is technology changing lives for good? After all, quite a lot of people who once carried out those jobs manually are now unemployed.
Well the answer to that question would still be a yes. Of course nothing in this world is perfect. These changes may come with certain downfalls, but the benefits of technology in healthcare sector certainly outweigh the drawbacks. If you’re still not convinced, mentioned below are ways healthcare technology is changing lives for good.
1. Minimizing Mistakes
We are all well aware that in health institutions such as hospitals or private clinics, the cost of making even the slightest error is huge, even the tiniest mistake can put a patient’s life at risk.
But thanks to technology, new innovations and applications have been devised to put an end to that problem.
Applications such as Medisoft have been introduced in app store for the sole purpose of reducing errors and increasing efficiency in health institutions.
Medisoft maybe one of the most famous choices for medical billing software, as it provides easy to use features in order to aid billing and insurance tasks for medical professionals.
This application stores 26 prices for each task to be carried out, marks them correctly, minimizes mistakes which normally would have been prominent if manual processes were to be used by health institutions.
It also gives diagnosis codes as HIPAA approved and gives a detailed and accurate patient account activity such as outstanding payments etc.
2. Quick access to hospital services regardless of the geographical distance
There may be countless situations where immediate access to hospitals may be required by a person in a critical situation; and a medical professional may not always be present, which may put a person’s life at risk.
However, due to modern technology different applications are present to combat that problem.
Through these applications, people can easily locate doctors nearby or consult a nurse regarding their problem. This could end up saving lives of many.
3. Easy access to information from professionals
Often in emergency situations, certain information is needed immediately, if it weren’t for technology, the long stack of manually recorded information would take hours to find, which could even lead to risking the patient’s life.
But thanks to innovations like the electronic health records (EHR), that information can now be accessed easily.
Especially in emergency situations or when there are a number of health professionals working on a patient at once, this is when the chances of making errors can be quite high.
The EHR is specially designed to combat those mistakes by recording data related to the patient in an easily accessible record. This prevents errors related to diagnosis and medications, which are usually the most common occurring mistakes at the hospital or private clinics and can be very devastating for the patient.
Recent stats show that, electronic prescriptions have been proven to make 50% less errors compared to handwritten ones.
4. Patients safety
When a patient is admitted to the hospital, it is crucial that steps be taken to assure safety of the patient, and not just during medical processes but during his entire stay at the hospital.
This is usually not possible through manual methods. Hence, the ERP is one of the many solutions that exist to put an end to that problem. This can be a brilliant way to optimize patient’s safety, quality of care along with operational efficiency for physicians while keeping costs down and optimizing back end operations.
Different processes could also be monitored through the ERP, regulating who enters the hospital or clinic premises can instill a sense of safety among the patients present at the hospital.
Along with that, the issue of delivering resources on time and privacy issues related to classified information about the patient can now be solved through the ERP with a code generated system usually present in hospitals, which only the senior staff at the hospital have access to.
5. Caretaking is also made easy through technology
We all know that caretaking is an important part of the health care industry. Innovative devices and apps also exist to cater to the specific needs of different caretakers, looking after patients suffering from various diseases Alzheimer’s and other Dementias Daily Companion – an extension of the book: Confidence to care is one example of such an app.
This application was created for the sole purpose of giving confidence to dementia care takers. This application includes tips and advise on how to take better care of dementia patients; concerning their everyday behavior such as bathing, eating etc.
This brilliant application also gives 24/7 care giving assistance to caretakers via phone or email, making their lives a whole lot easier.