How Technology Is Improving Health Care
Oct 25, 2015
While it is natural for some to have pangs of nostalgia for the “less complicated” times when not everything had a computer chip inside of it, it is clear that technology has overall improved health care delivery. Clinicians are more capable of saving and enhancing the lives of their patients than ever before. Here are three specific ways that better technology has given us better doctors:
Doctors Are Better at Running Their Businesses
Clinicians who have private practices are entrepreneurs, as they have to deal with all of the traditional challenges associated with running a business. On top of their clinical duties, they are responsible for the following:
Lease office space
Purchase expensive, specialized equipment
Hire a staff
Attract a clientele
A clinician who cannot accomplish the above will not be able to stay in business, and thus will not be able to positively impact the lives of patients. If a doctor is burning through money without proper accounting, their rates will have to be higher just to offset the inefficiencies in their business. Tools like Practice Suite software enable flexible, cloud-based practice management to schedule patients, streamline check-ins, manage clinical care, and improve billing and collections.
Doctors Write Safer Prescriptions
ePocrates is one of the most well-known pieces of software used by both doctors and consumers to identify drugs, and check for dangerous drug interactions. As reported by ePocrates, 85% of physicians say they use ePocrates multiple times a day. That’s a lot of doctors checking their computers and smartphones before prescribing drugs. That might make for an awkward moment or two in the exam room while the doctor checks for drug interactions. But those few moments save countless lives.
Even in the hands of consumers, the app can be a life saver. Consumers can identify pills just by inputting the description into the app. Thanks to this technology, people are less likely to take tramadol instead of ibuprofen as they intended.
Doctors Can Perform Safer Surgery
Surgery has become a much safer option than it was in years past. One of the technological advances that has increased survival is in the area of neurophysiological monitoring. According to Carolinas HealthCare System:
Neurophysiological monitoring uses advanced computer software and equipment to assess the functional integrity of the peripheral and central nervous system during neurosurgery. This process can detect problems during surgery and alert the surgical team, who can then alter the course of the operation and reduce incidence of neurological complications.
Procedures that once required a full OR can now be safely done in the doctor’s offices on an outpatient basis. The state of medical tech is getting better everyday. That means when it comes to doctors, the best is yet to come.