Technological advancements in healthcare are continuously improving patient’s lives. It has had a massive impact on nearly all medical processes and also healthcare professionals.
Digitalization of Health Records
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have been a game changer in the medical field; replacing out-dated paper records and impacting the role of everyone from medical assistants to registered nurses.
With EHRs, nurses are now responsible for entering patient data into a central, digitized system, which is later updated by medical billers with diagnostic codes and submit medical claims to insurance companies. Not only can patients’ access their records, but it also reduces the risk of errors.
EHRs can be accessed from any medical facility and can even alert the treating physician to potential issues like allergies to certain medicines. Moreover, it provides valuable data to clinical researchers, helping to advance medical knowledge and improve public health.
Big Data and the Cloud
The healthcare sector generates enormous amount of data every second and so requires safe, expandable, and cost-effective storage solutions. This is where the Cloud comes in, allowing both patients and healthcare professionals to access data and use applications anywhere.
The Cloud is an invaluable tool, back in 2014; it was primarily used to store and exchange health information. But now, it is changing the medical landscape; from sharing big data to mobilizing workforces to improve the accuracy of research studies. Moreover, cloud storage protects sensitive medical data by providing secure backup and recovery services.
‘Telemedicine’ or ‘telehealth’ are often used for two-way video consultations. With telemonitoring technology, physicians can monitor symptoms, vital signs, and even blood levels from a remote location. The implementation of this technology means fewer patients in waiting rooms, improved medical access in rural areas, and lower healthcare costs.
Today, approximately 95% of Americans have a mobile phone, and hence, it’s important for the healthcare industry to transform its processes and directly connect with patients. From accessing a patient’s EHR, writing follow-up emails, sending prescriptions to pharmacies, and reviewing medical histories, smartphones allow practitioners to perform tasks from nearly everywhere.
Mobile communication can also cut down on paper use, emails, and unnecessary phone calls. Improved communication further aids the role of medical billers, allowing them to send text alerts about outstanding bills and payment schedules.