The technological advancements of the last twenty years have impacted on all walks of life. It continues to do so too, helping to build the future of tomorrow. But when it comes to healthcare, you’d be surprised at the huge changes that have actually occurred because of it.
With everything from electronic patient records to improved relationships and even public health, technology has helped advance the healthcare industry in ways you may not have considered.
Let us talk you through a few ways that the technological revolution has helped to revolutionise healthcare for all of us.
Digital Health Records
With the advent of online, records have now been uploaded digitally to great effect. Not only does it mean they’re safely stored where they can’t be lost or damaged, but it also means they can be accessed by a whole number of medical workers. This means there’ll be no worries of you not receiving the best treatment at all times, and any specific requirements you have will always be met.
Because of this instant access to records, it means doctors can provide better care to patients. This is because they’ll be able to see instantly what medication you’re on and what’s happened in the past. Thats all without you having to relay everything for the hundredth time.
Because everything has become digital, it means that public health is much better. Not only can records be accessed quickly, but GPs can leverage social media to instantly answer questions when you can’t get to surgery. Also means test results can be provided quicker and easier than they could have before.
Now that everything is online, it also means that there are lower overheads. This is because having access to electronic records can reduce the cost of outpatient care. Which means the money can be directed elsewhere.
Ease of Workflow
Because the records are now digital, it instantly reduces the amount of time spent by your healthcare staff. This is because it’s much easier to fill in digital records and update them with a few clicks of a mouse and keyboard than having to write everything out. It also reduces the chances of mistakes due to misreading handwriting.
Now, we’re not saying that healthcare was bad before. But all of these things have come along since the advent of technology. Means that it’s simply improved on what was once there. With the world of technology constantly evolving, who knows how advanced these systems will be in the next ten or twenty years.