Technology has really improved the quality of healthcare, with regard to both delivery and advancements in treatments. While emergency room or clinic visits can still have lengthy waits, the use of computers and tablets have made it easier for nurses and assistants to triage patients more efficiently. Technology has made data tracking and synthesis easier, allowing for the quicker release of test results, shared communication between physicians and even electronic prescription orders.
The ease of transporting medical equipment has increased the efficiency of in-room assessments. Through the use of wireless internet and some noise reducing casters, workstations, vital motoring stands and some testing can be done from the comfort and privacy of a patient’s room. Simply the push of a button can deliver the service, response and diagnosis of a certain condition or patients’ vitals.
Ease of Communication
Technology has also improved the safety and storage of patient information. Moving past bulky filing cabinets and single-location access, the electronic health record has revolutionized the healthcare industry. Physicians can share results or offer consultations without the need for hard copy file deliveries. Even test results from CAT scans, MRI’s and other diagnostic equipment can be stored, notated and sent electronically. Many practices are now establishing patient portals where details of their visits, options to schedule appointments and pay outstanding bills can occur online.
Easy Access to Help
An interesting new trend, thanks to the influence of technology and teleconferencing, is the virtual doctor visit. Various providers are offering a remote, real-time doctor visit via web-conferencing technology. The patient portal identifies what ailments or conditions can be treated, and the responding physician is able to send prescriptions and advice after speaking with the patient. Uploading photos or direct face-to-face calls offer accuracy in the diagnosis.
Technology has shaped the healthcare industry in ways that too numerous to mention. Increased access is one of the primary benefits that help extend care to all.