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Digital Innovations in 2017 That Impact 2018

by CompuTech City Admin Tuesday, 30 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog

Although the medical industry sometimes is characterized as being late to the technology adoption party, advancements in 2017 bode well for the industry in 2018 – and more importantly – for patients. Better care and lower costs along with increased patient empowerment are the top benefits of the innovations.

Health expenditures in the United States topped $3.2 trillion in 2015. Yes! Trillion! That’s almost 18% of our total GDP. Advances in medical technology are predicted to save $300 billion in spending with much of that savings in the area of chronic diseases.

The following are a few medical technology ways that bring value to the market in 2018.

Telemedicine
Communicating via conference calls or computer meetings opens up healthcare access to patients in remote areas as well as those who simply do not have time to make a trip to the doctor’s office. Telemedicine saves time as patients and doctors converse via technology for check-ups or prescription updates. Telemedicine has been particularly useful in the mental health field. Internet therapy gives people much-needed treatment regardless of location or lack of providers.

Mobile devices and The Cloud
No more playing phone tag with patients to set appointments or relay test results. In 2018, estimates are that 65% of health care facility-patient interactions will take place with a mobile device. Also, a large number of health care facilities now store patient health information in the cloud so patients have access to it 24/7. (Don’t forget HIPAA though – make sure all ePHI is secure and protected!)

Wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Mobile devices can now do ECGs, blood tests and take temperatures. Patients can also be reminded to take medication, check their weight, pulse and oxygen levels and then enter the information into patient portals for caregivers to access. Not to mention preventative wearables like FitBits and such that help patients stay healthy.

Big data
With the rise of IoT, mobile and wearable devices, more data than ever is being collected for patients’ medical records. Doctors can use the data to identify risk factors and recommend preventative treatments. Plus – the pooled information can be studied to predict health care trends for the overall good.

As doctors and medical facilities adopt these new technologies, professional IT support becomes more important than ever. Contact CompuTech City now to find out ways to implement, manage and support your medical technology.

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