Healthcare Orientation: The Importance of Technology in Healthcare

    Healthcare Orientation should cover the basics of the healthcare industry and how important of a role they play in the larger picture. A healthcare industry orientation cannot be complete without talking about technology in healthcare. Technology has made life a lot easier for humans and its importance in healthcare cannot be overemphasized. Due to technological advancements in healthcare, the quality of life of humans has greatly improved. Life expectancy has gone up and the mortality rate has gone down. With the help of vaccination, outbreaks are averted and plagues are a thing of the past. Seeing how far we’ve come, we can’t help but wonder what the future holds for the healthcare industry. Let’s discuss a few scenarios or possibilities below

    Healthcare Orientation Health Records Will Become More Accessible

    Right now, information is for the most part free and easily accessible. There is, however, a huge chunk of information that is neither accessible nor free. With more digitally integrated platforms and advanced tools, healthcare providers will be able to share information more freely across the platform with colleagues in the industry and even with patients. With this, patients and care providers will have increasingly quick and easy access to health forms and personal medical information, which will vastly improve the care provided and the overall patient experience. This increased accessibility of data will give patients a chanced to be more engaged with their care. For example, the electronic collection and storage of health data give patients the ability to update and submit their information from a mobile, tablet, or desktop device. It also allows patients to easily review their personal information. We all know that increased patient engagement is a major cost of quality of care and overall population health. Also, this easy accessibility means that doctors will be able to access patient records faster which come in handy in cases of emergency. This means faster diagnosis and treatment plans being rolled out in a timely manner and better care being provided with fewer chances of complications.

    Streamlining of Critical Processes

    Technology makes it easier to streamline processes in the healthcare system. This is a very important and a significant advantage as the healthcare industry involves the gathering of a lot of paperwork which can be quite overwhelming for healthcare providers and even for patients. With information technology, a lot of this tedious work can be streamlined and automated. This frees of time for doctors to do their actual job which is providing care to patients. The administrative bits get streamlined and things run more smoothly in the healthcare organization. Streamlining also works on the patients’ end when it comes to providing or updating data. Patients can submit electronic updates to their medical history eliminates the need for a staff member to manually enter the updates from a paper form. This, in turn, uploads updated information into the system sooner, which helps providers deliver more personal and relevant care without delay.

    More Accurate Data

    The more data collection and storage is perfected using technology, the more data quality improves. Data collection has become more accurate and reliable with the use of technology and unreliable data is easily detected and sieved out. When patients can enter their information directly online, it leaves little room for errors as patients can enter their data correctly. Before these kinds of entry platforms were used, patients had to hand fill their data into paper forms and then a hospital staff had to manually enter it into the computer. As expected this left room for lots of errors and misinterpretation of data. From being unable to read handwriting correctly, to mismatching patient data, misspelling patient names etc. This is a major advantage for healthcare providers due to the extreme importance of maintaining accurate patient records. Inaccurate data can lead to costly errors, so technology that helps avoid these downfalls will become indispensable as healthcare providers look to continue improving the patient experience. Accurate data and information, of course, is one area that still needs a lot of advancement in the news and media industry. With the rise of “fake news” on social media platforms, it has become quite insane and almost impossible to figure out which data or information is from a trustworthy source. So making data trustworthy and accurate continues to be a forward battle.

    New Laws And Regulations

    When a new healthcare policy is passed and a new regulation is needed to take effect, it needs to be done accurately, in unison across the industry, and as quickly as possible. This, of course, is easier said than done. Take the Affordable Care Act, for example, there are regularly changing provisions within the Affordable Care Act, other federal healthcare requirements, state laws and regulations, CMS Conditions of Participation, Joint Commission Standards, and other accreditation requirements. Considering how large the industry is and how many pre-existing laws need to be followed, implementing new laws do not take a direct and easy path. It is difficult just keeping up with every new law or regulation update, as well as, ensuring policies and procedures are effectively rolled out to employees is also just as complicated.

    With the rapid pace of new and updated laws and regulations that providers must address, the task of ensuring that policies and procedures are up-to-date, available, and effectively communicated throughout the organization can be very difficult. This is where more state of the art policy management software can assist. Tom Leary