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MAKING HEALTHCARE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE – TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE

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If you find it challenging to understand your complex medical information, you’re not alone. The US healthcare system is so complex. Not just patients, but sometimes even doctors struggle to have clear information about the costs of medications they prescribe.

Given the fact that patients are covered under different insurance plans, and each charging different amounts for medicines; it becomes frustrating both for patients who are now trying to take ownership of their health, and for the doctors trying to help them.

Fortunately, technology has come to the rescue. It has completely revolutionized the way we work, and interact. Moreover, technology has impacted the healthcare industry, making it more accessible to those who would otherwise have trouble accessing healthcare.

Today, doctors need to be well-versed with technology, just as much as they are with medicine. After all, technology is increasingly making a difference to patient-care in the field of diagnosis, treatment, retrieval of information, etc.

The availability of health tech tools have exploded in recent years, providing personalized health information such as sleep patterns, blood pressure, and heart rate, along with medication and exercise reminders.

1. Electronic Consultation

People living in rural areas generally have inadequate access to healthcare and had to travel long distances to visit doctors, who tend to practice in a more urban setting. Telemedicine is there to fill this gap, offering a system of remote medical consultations, which allows patients to speak with their healthcare specialists virtually.

No just this, telemedicine services are also cheaper than in-person doctor visits. While it can’t be very helpful for every ailment, yet a great alternative to doctor appointments that only need assessment of symptoms.

2. Personal Health Apps

There are numerous apps available on the marketplace today and serve almost as a personal doctor. These digital tools allow customers to take their health into their hands, monitor calorie intake, record physical activities & vital signs, and schedule reminders for taking medicine. This enables customers to be much more knowledgeable about their health and help them make better health decisions when access to a doctor isn’t available.

3. Remote Monitoring

Technology has made it easier for physicians to monitor their patients’ health remotely, limiting the in-person follow-ups. A lot of medical apps today allow patients to upload information like blood glucose level and later share it with their healthcare team. Wearable devices like Fitbit are another advancement in the healthcare industry that measures and wirelessly transmits information to the medical team.

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