Healthcare technology continues to be a hot topic of conversation, as the world that we’ve long visualized gets closer to being our reality.
It’s changing how healthcare providers diagnose, treat, manage and monitor. Health tech has the potential to save lives, improve quality of life, and completely redirect the downward trajectory of hard to manage patients.
Let’s explore how 4 important health techs are improving patient care.
Predictive Analytics & Machine Learning
Physicians today utilize predictive analytics & machine learning to better identify high risk patients and put the right interventions in place to:
- Prevent admissions
- Prevent readmissions
- Reduce decline and relapse
- Improve medication compliance
- Speed up recovery
- Help patients respond to triggers
- Better engage patients in between visits
Patients today want more personalized care. Health tech like this helps give patients what they want as it improves patient care and patient outcomes.
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For patients suffering from chronic conditions, wearable technology provides a better way for patients to meet their health metrics.
This is because they receive immediate feedback about their health, current state of being, and behaviors that will impact those metrics. In many cases, the data can even be accessed by their physician in real time.
Wearables provide tools patients need to track and adjust behavior on a moment-to-moment basis rather than waiting until they have a doctor’s visit.
Today doctors are using wearables to:
- Help patients be more active
- Keep patients informed about day to day heart health
- Help those with musculoskeletal injuries and physical developmental delays regain or gain mobility, including paralysis of the lower extremities
- Track sleep patterns
- Better understand mood disorders
- Painlessly monitor glucose levels
- Relieve chronic pain
The potential of remote monitoring to improve care has long been studied, but more recently we are finding it within our reach.
Medical students today can use virtual reality (VR) to get hands-on without a real patient in sight. This allows for more in-depth training and real time feedback that doesn’t include your patient screaming when you make a wrong move.
Furthermore, doctors today use VR to help treat patients with:
Through systematic desensitization, patients can face their fears, anger and sadness in a controlled setting. Before VR, such “facing of fears” would have been much more logistically challenging and less controlled.
As part of the patient’s desire for more personalized care, they’re looking for healthcare services that align with their personal needs. This goes beyond medical treatments.
Telemedicine does this in several very effective ways. For example, telemedicine:
- Provides ultimate convenience to patients who think they don’t have time to see the doctor, so patients don’t delay seeing the doctor.
- Meets the needs of the elderly and other individuals who may be home-bound or even bed-ridden.
- Eliminates that boring waiting room experience.
- Helps keep patients with immune disorders out of medical facilities that, despite best efforts, become breeding grounds for infections and even superbugs.
- Delivers most of the benefits of face to face, especially when combined with wearable technologies.
- Provides a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform on which doctors and patients can connect.
Healthcare Technology Makes a Big Difference in Patients’ Lives
Whether you’re a doctor, nurse or other medical services provider, you understand that it’s not about medicine. It’s about people.
Through healthcare technology, you can make sure every patient gets the care that they deserve. You can tear down barriers to care, expand your reach, and improve patient outcomes.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn how we can help you do all this through telemedicine.