Rapid emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) is leading to sweeping changes across the world and in all realms of the industry. Healthcare is among the key sectors benefiting from this transformation.
Surges in mobile devices, enhanced connectivity and advances in the Big Data analytics have not only shifted the dynamics of care management from the providers to the patients but has also brought about positive implications for the patient-clinician relationship. Myriad of smart watches and wearable technology are available in the market today that track personal health data and empower patients to take an active role in their own health. Many healthcare providers are adopting BYOD and deploying any-to-any connections, which link hospitals across the world.
Overall, emerging mobile solutions can have a tremendous impact on the future of health care as they enable increased connectivity and a much deeper dimension and accessibility to key health insights.
In his book, The Human Face of Big Data, Rick Smolan, the renowned photojournalist and author, explores the interrelations among mobility, Big Data and health care. Together, he argues, they are transforming what it means to be connected. For example, in the health care industry, wearables have tremendous practical potential. Electronic tattoos, Bluetooth-enabled dental implants, and a myriad of sensors that track our vital signs are changing how, when, and where health care is administered. As patients begin to use related mobile applications and wear monitoring devices before, during, and after hospitalization, health care professionals can access critical data that significantly boosts the efficiency and agility of patient care.
Technology Trends in Healthcare
Let’s look at some of the trends that are changing healthcare today.
Digital Practice and Patient Care Management
In the traditional care framework, all clinical processes from check-in to discharge are executed manually, causing a lot of productive time to be wasted; reducing face time with patients. Productivity tools and mobile-enables practice management software help manage workflows, time and information efficiently. Healthcare providers can use these applications to manage appointments, manage patient cases, schedule appointments, e-prescribe with voice recording; manage electronic health and medical records, pharmacy, lab procedures and billing and much more. Physicians can manage their entire clinic digitally – improve efficiency and profitability, heighten accuracy, lessen patient waiting time, maximize face time with patients, reduce operational costs, generate instant reports.
Electronic Health and Medical Records
Documenting health records of patients and relevant medical data is one of the most critical activities of care management. Such a vast amount of information requires dedicated team and space to store and retrieve patient data. Using mobile apps to file and retrieve relevant health records streamlines this process. With electronic health records, doctors can easily access patient information such as medical history, vitals, and lab reports from a secure server.
Enhanced Inter-departmental Communications and Consulting
For patient care to be delivered in a timely and effective manner there has to be seamless synchronization between the important departments such as inpatient wards, emergency services, pharmacies and labs. Specially developed clinical mobile apps break down communication barriers and help patients, doctors and other hospital staff communicate and collaborate with people in different functions, saving critical care time and responding quickly to the needs of the patient.
Collaborative Medical Training
Collaborative coursework is the new norm and educational mobile apps are being used beyond making notes and performing calculations. With the use of mobile apps, medical students can now log results of their experiments and invite their peers to review them. Features like quizzes help them prepare for exams or corroborate their knowledge of various medical conditions to advance their career programs. These apps are integrated with various medical resources available online and help students and trainees access relevant medical literature.
Automated Inventory Management Systems
Pharmacies of all healthcare setups stock hundreds of different products and most of them come with an expiry date, which makes managing and scheduling of products an important activity. If the demand of certain supplies is not correctly estimated, it can cause delays in procurement, ultimately affecting the level of care received by patients. Mobile solutions implemented in hospitals and pharmaceutical companies enable them to better manage their stocks with real-time access to inventory data and orders.
To conclude, mobile health tools provide greater access to healthcare while cutting overall cost for care. What we are seeing today is only the beginning. Mobility and Wearable technology has the potential to revolutionize the future of healthcare.
About Clinical Vista
Clinical Vista is an integrated mobile enabled practice management software developed by Srishti Innovative that provides healthcare practitioners secure access to patients’ information electronically; allowing them to administer critical care. Clinical Vista recently received recognition in Silicon Valley Business App Awards 2015 in the productivity category. It is available in Home edition – for small practices, Mobile – for on the go care management and Enterprise edition – for larger clinics and hospitals. Since its launch this march, we have over 30 practitioners who actively use the software