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Modern Healthcare Technology Enhances Wellness


Modern Healthcare Technology Enhances Wellness

Modern healthcare in this age of digital transformation has the potential to manage individual and community health in a holistic manner by leveraging a variety of technologies and enhancing wellness. Modern healthcare technology makes it possible to collect data, analyze it, and act on it much more effectively than ever before, in every aspect of medicine from prevention to intervention to recovery and rehabilitation. The following technologies are top of mind when discussing innovation in healthcare technology. By bringing all these into one integrated system, hospitals can offer patients innovative care that leads to enhanced wellness outcomes.

Digital Transformation – Moving toward an integrated care model

Digital transformation allows healthcare organizations to move away from siloed care to an integrated model of care. By connecting all aspects of care, doctors and caregivers have better insight into their patients’ needs. When a patient has a health crisis, he or she is able to quickly get in touch with doctors and specialists—and move through treatment at a faster pace. Digital transformation can also make it easier for patients to manage their own health outside of doctor’s appointments by helping them take ownership over their own disease or injury management via resources such as apps, websites, videos and educational materials. In essence, digital transformation means moving toward an integrated care model where everyone can see what everyone else is doing for their patients in order to provide seamless access to information.

How IT Helps Patients Manage Their Care

Technological advancements in healthcare are helping medical professionals and patients to be healthier than ever before. Just how are digital transformations enhancing wellness? Here's a few ways that modern healthcare technology is helping patients manage their care

Benefits of EHRs

Electronic health records (EHRs) offer organizations a variety of benefits, such as improved efficiency and enhanced staff communication. With all that in mind, it’s important to make sure that you fully understand how EHRs work and are able to leverage them. When EHRs first became available, there was a lot of resistance from organizations that were fearful of losing control of their data or simply having trouble adjusting to new processes. But as EHR technology evolved, so did its capabilities—and it’s now easier than ever for healthcare organizations to get their arms around key processes and determine what type of technology is right for them.

Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Leveraging health information technology, such as electronic health records (EHR), is key to enhancing wellness. Such technologies can be used in a variety of ways, including improving efficiency and access to care. According to MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, HIE is the sharing of patient records across disparate providers via secure communication. Through open APIs for data sharing and request-response messaging for communication, HIE applications are designed to enhance clinical workflow processes, eliminating redundant tasks and addressing issues with medical errors. In addition to EHRs and HIEs, modern healthcare technology also includes artificial intelligence (AI) applications that use natural language processing algorithms to communicate with humans via voice or text.

Remote Patient Monitoring

One modern healthcare technology that helps individuals manage their health is remote patient monitoring. It uses a variety of applications, such as wearables, connected to electronic health records (EHRs) and assisted care devices (ACDs), to capture, monitor and send important data about patient behavior back to physicians for better analysis, including behavioral data around food intake, physical activity levels, sleep quality and glucose levels in diabetics. Remote patient monitoring offers opportunities for enhancing individual wellness by enabling self-management with access to real-time information about their own health status at their fingertips. It’s also an opportunity for providers to identify patients who are at risk of medical crises such as hospitalization or death early enough in order to take corrective actions such as preemptive interventions or prescribing medications.

Telehealth Services

Telehealth is defined as use of electronic communication such as telephone, wireless technologies, and internet to provide diagnosis, consultation, and treatment between patients and health care providers. Telehealth Services are able to improve access to quality healthcare services.

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