It could be argued that in the various ways that technology has improved our lives across the globe, none, especially with the pandemic, is as vital as technological advances in the healthcare industry. Since the world was hit by the novel CoronaVirus technology has brought a number of remarkable changes in the healthcare industry.
Even though healthcare organizations have been relatively slow in incorporating technology into the ecosystem they have been compelled to integrate technology to improve the overall care delivery system. However, we cannot deny that the healthcare industry has taken prior help of technology to improve its treatment like the X-ray machines or various other advances to better surgical practices which have made treatments better and increased life expectancies.
Currently, we progress and continue to develop technology that improves daily operations in the healthcare industry to improve the overall quality of life.
Challenges of Integrating Technology in the Healthcare Industry:
The major challenge that the healthcare industry is facing when it comes to the integration of technology in their daily operations is the sensitive nature of medical information and strict regulations imposed by the government so it is vital that the healthcare industry proceeds with caution. Regardless, the healthcare industry has made immense progress and continues to strive towards making significant changes in their daily operation to refine the way in which patients receive treatment and a physician’s medical practice. Recently, there has been an exponential increase in the demand for Healthcare IT developments in various medical facilities. It is time that the healthcare industry realises that the future of the healthcare industry lies in working hand-in-hand with technology so it stays relevant in the coming years. Healthcare facilities across the globe are getting familiarized with the latest technology developments so they are able to control technology and it’s not the other way around.
How Can HIT Vendors Help?
The lack of technology in the healthcare industry leaves the HIT vendors various avenues that are yet to be explored. While expectations from the HIT vendors are skyrocketing and encompass the application performance to data scrutiny and the manageability of IT systems and resources in the sphere. However, there is still space for HIT vendors to break the barriers and show the healthcare industry the potential IT has in the healthcare industry and the numerous technology choices they can incorporate into their facilities. As we go forward in this blog, we discuss the areas in which the HIT vendors can improve healthcare technology and enhance the care delivery system.
While the HIT vendors have pulled up their socks and are looking forward to disrupting the market with breakthrough technology and applications here are a few areas that they must prioritize:
Boost Connectivity among Doctors and healthcare professionals: While the social sphere is redefined by various digital platforms the technology has helped physicians across the globe to stay connected with each other in order to share vital information. These apps support physicians to share their recent findings and initiate conversations and reduce the time to get in touch with their colleagues. This improved and seamless conversation helps healthcare professionals to make a decision fast, stay informed about various ailments and viruses and share information quickly.
Cloud Enablement: Cloud computing in the healthcare industry is a vital development and healthcare professionals are aware of the numerous benefits it has to offer. The onus of building full-proof cloud computing systems and applications is on the HIT developers that unlock their full potential. Along with cloud computing, applications HIT vendors can run and host applications with elemental components for the intricate ecosystem of the healthcare industry. The HIT vendors carry the burden and are the architects of a new frontier healthcare system and care delivery that leverages fast testing, quick deployment, and a predictable interoperability capability of cloud computing.
Service and Application Security: As the integration of technology in the healthcare industry continues to grow a structured security system is crucial for its sustainability. More and more healthcare facilities are sharing Electronic Health Records (EHR) of patients’ which require regular checks and balances in the development process. Production environments and DevOps need to enhance their security structure in order to reduce the risk of exposure. Unpleasant results are sure in order if HIT vendors do not consider the security of an application. Failure to do so may lead to lost market share, lawsuits and things could turn ugly.
Remote Health Examinations: With the Internet of Things inculcating various modern devices such as a fitness watch that can read basic patient vitals and can transmit the data to healthcare professionals can be of exponential help. It also enables patients to have access to their health vitals making them a part of their progress and obtain regular and basic check ups at home. HIT vendors can develop new ways to produce these types of equipment in a more cost-effective way which will make this technology more mainstream.
Enhance Performance: Both patients and healthcare professionals are getting used to easy access to data with zero wait time on their smart devices. As the goal of integrating technology is to improve the care delivery system and customer satisfaction patients’ expectations are set to rise. Optimizing applications to ensure that patients are satisfied and the healthcare professionals have easy access to the information they require is the topmost priority of HIT vendors. To build and sell high-performing application and mobile solutions that fit seamlessly in the current system and perform consistently is crucial. However, in this case, healthcare professionals need to analyze the solutions to identify the bottlenecks.
As the age of seamless transfer of patient data and medical information dawn upon us, it is crucial the HIT vendors build applications that do not create a drastic change but fit seamlessly into the ecosystem of the current healthcare industry. This requires the HIT vendors to understand the workflow and have the accurate app development skill that the healthcare facility requires.
SoftGrid Computers understands the role it has to play in the current changing scenario of the healthcare industry. We built applications tailor-made for your requirements and will help you integrate technology that will improve your care delivery system.