Is there any industry which is not positively affected by the advance of technology in last and this century? Maybe the least were affected the industries with no revenue advancement, but every other industry can show the reason that their technology is decisive for their growth. Even more is this true for members of 10 highest growing US industries. Let’s see and think about it:
3D Printer Manufacturing
Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Online Eyeglasses & Contact Lens Sales
Green and Sustainable Building Construction
Solar Panel Manufacturing
Social Network Game Development
All those industries are part of 2012 Time Magazine survey of highest growing US industries. For all of them we can say, that even with little understanding of each industry we can all agree with importance of advance of technology for their very quick growth.
So the next logical question is: How is then modern health institution affected by (online) technology? Actually we can say, that a number of things are driving this transformation with modern technology.
First of all the change of population into an aging population, with a corresponding increase in chronic diseases, is leading to the increasing sophistication and cost of treatments. So the healthcare companies must manage many more complex, interconnected issues. Current situation requires invasive treatments performed in the hospital or more technical approaches delivered outside the hospital;
In an attempt to improve information flow and knowledge, many healthcare providers have invested in technologies such as online order entry, electronic medical records, and picture archiving and communications systems.
And after all healthcare gets the greatest benefit from the seamless capture and transmission of data. We can name one or two examples: A patient monitoring their own vital signs using a smartphone or a physician on their rounds accessing medical records via a tablet.
So it is clear, that IT systems can help a lot i na modern online connected health institution. They can be employed to digitally model medical, nursing, and administrative processes with the final result of cost cutting and improving care.
Modern health technology can also improve quality of life, as it can offer patients high-definition TV at their hospital beds, it allows them to remotely share vital signs with their doctors in with the final result of enabling them to remain at home in old age. After all by 2030, some 40 percent of people from Western hemisphere will be over 60 years of age. They will want to continue to live independent lives.
So modern online connected health institution can help them to do just that – they can detect a fall, and automatically alert the emergency services. By that they are driving positive change – by developing new ideas and exploring uncharted territory.
And this is not the only example of online connected health institution. Moving forward, the focus will be much more on the individual. In addition, with digital communication tools and remote monitoring technologies, it will be possible to treat patients in their homes. It will be easier to cut costs and improve quality of life.
Additional futuristic example: Secure direct communications with patients and healthcare providers will avoid the duplication of tests and examinations. This too will save time and improve the quality of care.
In the end: Even as we write about futuristic examples, they are not that much in the future. Some of examples are already in broad use and more and more implementations are coming every day. Technology wheel is spinning faster more and more.
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