Medical technology is taking rapid strides of development, making diagnostics and therapy more efficient and convenient for healthcare professionals. With emerging trends, experts have predicted how the healthcare industry will transform in the coming years.
Experts say that this transformation will not be limited to the introduction of modern gadgets and quicker diagnostics. It will revolutionize the way healthcare systems are operated and managed.
EHRs (Electronic Health Records) are being adapted into standard practice all over the country, and bigger, better changes will soon follow. We present some of the predictions of how modern healthcare practices will shape the future of practice management.
· Wearable Technology
Diagnostic and therapy equipment are no longer confined to hospital spaces. Patients can now wear technology that can keep a track of their condition round the clock. Doctors can get a comprehensive view of the patient’s daily routine and lifestyle, resulting in a better treatment plan.
In a case of emergency, it will alert the practitioner of the patient’s condition, making them well prepared to treat the patient even before he/she enters the clinic. Wearable technology is evolving to make real-time diagnostics and extensive therapy possible through telemedicine.
· Streamlining Workflow
Practice management solutions with EHRs will keep a track of patient health history, insurance details and other prescribed drugs and tests at one place. Medical professionals will be routinely using this data to streamline patient care and manage the practice better.
The practitioner will be able to access all this data beforehand as the patient books an appointment, making it easier to find an effective and suitable treatment plan.
· Waiting Room Diagnostics
Waiting is an inefficient use of patient’s time and waiting rooms can house viruses and harmful bacteria. In the future, waiting rooms will be slowly phased out, and your visit will start right as you step in the hospital.
Data from wearable gadgets and synced electronic health records will indicate the tests required as soon as the patient checks-in at the clinic. Hence the waiting time, if any, will be used to collect samples from the patient, essentially using the waiting time for diagnostic purposes.
· Patients as Partners
Doctor-patient interaction is expected to improve. Streamlined healthcare operations and practice management solutions will reduce the workload of medical practitioners. Patients, armed with their health data through wearable technology, will be more involved in their treatment options and plans.
This will lead to a more effective and interactive therapy that is comfortable for the patient and satisfactory for the doctor. An open-door policy like this will also lead to fewer visits or virtual visits.
The technology explored is just the tip of the iceberg. Cutting-edge research will change the face of healthcare; medical professionals need only be ready for the challenge of adapting it to pave the way for enhanced quality of care.