Healthcare and Technology
Has 2018 been the year of medical technology advancement?
From portable EKGs to biometric implants and even visual reality surgery simulators, these improvements are benefiting not only hospitals, but their bottom lines as well.
In fact, many hospitals have successfully extended the number of patients they can serve, including patients who may not be able to get to a facility.
Access with Portable Technology
Easier access comes in the form of portable ultrasound, EKG and MRI machines that allow specialists in Cardiology, Family Medicine and Obstetrics to get reads on their patients’ vitals even in tight spaces and remote locations.
New phone apps can take a 12-lead EKG instantly. The images produced are as accurate as a standard bedside EKG.
Patients who were once thought unreachable due to being homebound or living too far away can be treated faster with diagnostic tools that perform the same functions as those at the hospital.
As new technology emerges, hospitals are enhancing their care reach and creating better patient outcomes at a reduced cost.
Empowering Providers with App-Based Information
Healthcare facilities no longer need to worry about running full steam on a full-time staff. Telehealth and app-based communication between patient/doctor and doctor/hospital allow for flexibility in scheduling with few overlaps or conflicts.
Imagine how effective your Emergency Department could be with all your patients' medical history, data and vitals housed in one app accessible to everyone on the care team.
Apps like Pulsara allow emergency responders to upload information about vital signs and even images of the injury to help prep the trauma team for the patient’s arrival.
These new apps also allow cross-specialty communication, ensuring that the margin of error of a single patient’s reading is slim and that all responders are prepped and prepared for emergencies.
Physicians and other medical staff can use special apps and virtual reality to train for surgery. Emergency Department physicians can use these same tools to prepare and respond in real time. New app-based technology is providing lifelike training on demand to keep surgical skills fresh and help prevent mistakes from happening in the Emergency Room.
Better Patient Evals with Biometric Monitoring
Some tech advances aren’t just for the doctors or hospitals but can also ease the lives of the patients. With biometric monitoring, patients can keep track of their vitals, vitamin levels and even their brain chemistry from their phone or smartwatch. Biometric monitoring technology allows patients to share this information with their Neurologists, Cardiologists or Oncologists.
In a study by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center earlier this year, Surgeons learned that a brain implant increased short-term memory capabilities by 37 percent, showing that medical advances and biometric monitoring aren’t just the ideas of science fiction any longer.
The Future of Healthcare Tech
With an estimated $206 billion in 2020, the field of medical technology will continue to thrive, connect and innovate for years to come.
It’s making our doctors better and our hospitals run more efficiently, all while providing better care to the patients who need it most.