The past few years have seen significant technological innovations in the healthcare industry, and IT healthcare initiatives have become the core of many healthcare organizations. Healthcare industry management has developed an awareness of the upcoming trends that will directly affect their IT departments and how new technology will improve patient care. The following are some examples of technology adoption that those managing hospitals and clinics need to take note of to protect their patient’s data and health.
The Capacity of Cloud Technology
As the healthcare industry becomes more reliant on IT, understanding cloud technology and how it can be used to store and access patient information is essential. According to the HIMSS survey, over 80% of healthcare companies are already moving over to cloud technology, and that number is expected to grow over the coming year.
In fact, other studies have revealed that around $9.48 billion will be spent on cloud computing within the healthcare community. The spending is expected to grow as more technology is developed to detect disorders and diseases, and as data storage and collection options combined with AI technology become more readily available.
Improvements in Data Collection
Patient data is critical in the medical industry; it can mean the difference between life and death in some circumstances. Consequently, collecting that information quickly and accurately is essential for administrators and healthcare professionals. Healthcare companies have to be compliant with the Health Insurance Probability and Accountability Act of 1996 which demands that deliberate data collection procedures be instituted in all healthcare facilities. Thanks to technological advancements, the tools now exist to make this process simpler and reduce the risk of erroneous data harming patients.
Collecting this information in digital form allows healthcare providers to increase their accuracy in comparison to handwritten forms that are eventually transcribed into a digital format regardless. This means that optimizing data collection to skip the handwritten stage will increases efficiency.
Greater Accessibility to Healthcare Records
Both patients and doctors require immediate access to patient health records. Access to these health forms in a timely fashion can increase the chances of an accurate diagnosis and treatment, so efficiency is crucial. Digital data collection platforms allow patients to review and even update their medical data using their own mobile devices or desktops.
This level of involvement from the patient will engage them in their health and help to reduce the chances of them becoming ill again. Additionally, doctors will also be able to monitor their patient’s progress without having to deal with manual data entry issues. This quicker and more accurate data updating method will lead to better treatment outcomes.
A Heightened Need for Cybersecurity
Anyone watching the news or in possession of a credit card is aware of the need for protection against cyber-attacks. Hackers and other cybercriminals are growing bolder and more skilled, and often targeting healthcare institutions. That’s why increased security options are being developed to offer the medical industry more effective security.
With Bloomberg reporting on cyber-attacks aimed directly at hospitals over the last five years, cybersecurity measures are becoming a more central part of a hospitals risk management structure. Expect to see IT departments at clinics specializing in cybersecurity and continuously improving their technology and methods.
Optimization of All IT Processes
With more and more technology being implemented in the healthcare industry, it is essential that clinics and hospitals be focused on creating frictionless, optimized access to data. The need to streamline processes will become paramount, and IT professionals in the healthcare industry will focus on making data entry more efficient. Also, expect to see specific medical IT solutions automated, especially the day to day processes that require little oversight and have less to do with patient care directly.