Healthcare reform is a major political issue in the country right now. We all know that healthcare in the US is a disgrace, with its absurdly high costs and its seeming lack of improvement due to the for-profit model.
However, we are not going to talk about the issues of insurance companies and political squabbling in Washington. We are going to look at the innovative improvements that are making changes to the standard of care provided.
- Cell Phone Medical Care
Cell phone care, or mHealth as some are calling it, comes in a variety of forms. For example, tracking cell phone location helps hospitals and first responders to control where their staff are at all times.
Another aspect of cell phone medical care is serving rural areas where healthcare coverage is generally low. For example, cell phones can be used for patients to access doctors online.
This frees up availability within clinics and ensures that rural patients don’t have to travel large distances to access healthcare.
- Going Digital
Believe it or not, huge numbers of hospitals continue to use old technology. It costs them billions of dollars every year, leads to longer waiting times, and generally makes delivering 2018 style healthcare harder.
Many hospitals continue to use fax machines and pagers, for example. There’s no excuse for it in the 21st century. Thankfully, many hospitals are upgrading older IT systems to lower waiting times and improve patient access.
For example, mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare technology field hit 43 in 2017 alone.
- Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing a range of industries. It’s also making inroads into the healthcare field.
This technology can be used to arrange appointments based on how severe symptoms are. It can monitor health statistics for patients and bring more order to the staffing challenges every hospital faces.
- Centralized Patient Monitoring
Did you know that 90% of all hospital alarms aren’t actionable? This is a statistic no patient would want to hear. But it’s all because of human nature.
When staff are exposed to alarms for long periods of time they become desensitized. Centralized patient monitoring offers a second set of eyes and ears to help them understand when there’s a true emergency.
It could improve staff efficiency and ensure that patients get the care they need.
- 5G Mobile
5G mobile has the potential to change everything. The impact of 5G could phase out the need for physical trips to your doctor because now your doctor will be able to visit you in your own home.
Improved communication is always essential in healthcare. But there’s also a monetary reason for the introduction of 5G. The people at Goldman Sachs estimate that it could save $650 billion by 2025.
Last Word – Healthcare is Changing for the Better
A lot of attention is paid to new drugs and new ways to combat diseases. The problem is that not enough attention has been paid to how the healthcare sector operates, in terms of communication, efficiency, and protecting its staff.
These are the five biggest changes that could disrupt the industry forever.
Which innovation do you think will make the biggest impact?