Health IT tools enable providers to manage health information across the organization, and they improve the efficiency and security of data exchange between providers, patients, payers, and healthcare monitors.
Certain tech trends have emerged due to the rapid digitization of healthcare caused by the pandemic. A report by the HIMSS on the future of healthcare showed that four out five (80 percent) of providers in the survey intend to raise their investment in technology.
Many patients now prefer telehealth, and more than 80 percent of patients want to keep using telemedicine after the pandemic is over. Also, patients with chronic conditions, like diabetes, now want their doctors to monitor their condition from home through wearables and smartphones.
This article will discuss a few of the current trends in health IT to enable providers to prepare to take full advantage of them.
1. AI and Machine Learning
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are tools that can bring out insights from medical data. Most providers generate a high volume of data each month.
Some of this data is well-structured, while much of it is poorly structured in plain text. But until it is analyzed and presented in a valid format, it will not enhance diagnostic decisions or provide insights to prevent diseases.
Today, visionary healthcare app developers create solutions that help physicians identify abnormalities in CT and MRI scans.
Another valuable use case for AI is the automation of initial patient contact. Instead of physicians spending time attending to first-timers, an AI-powered chatbot handles the initial inquiries. Then the chatbot uses natural language processing (NLP) to assign the patient to the right clinician.
2. Personalized Care Tools
Personalized healthcare has to do with delivering customized medical treatment that meets a patient’s needs with precision. This may be done with different tools like custom EHR interfaces, computerized physician order entry (CPOE), and DNA kits.
These tools provide detailed information about drug allergies, vitamin deficiencies, food sensitivity, and hormone levels.
Another critical tool for improving the quality of personalized care is a patient portal. Patient portals can perform a wide range of functions, including:
- Appointment scheduling
- Health and fitness education
- Display of test results
- Communication with primary care physician
- Refilling of prescription
- Monitoring of vitals
Today, some patient portals can receive input from apps that capture data from wearable devices.
3. Integrated Wearables
Wearables have increased in popularity since the FDA approved the Apple watch as a wearable device in 2018. Other wearables such as rings and bracelets are now used to monitor patients’ fitness and reveal diseases’ signs and symptoms, including Covid-19.
Providers who encourage patients to put on wearable devices can acquire a large amount of medical data on heart rhythms and other vitals to reveal how changes in these values may indicate signs of various heart-related conditions.
4. Cybersecurity Tools
Data security is a significant issue of concern among CIOs and tech leaders. Over the last decade, the rapid digitization of healthcare has created a massive amount of patient data in EHR systems. Also, the increase in interoperability and data exchange can make systems more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
That’s why virtually all future application development and interconnectivity will have to implement a robust security layer or strategy to protect medical data.
5. Smart Archiving Systems
Providers are required to store medical data for many years, and some states even require data to be kept throughout a patient’s lifetime.
With this retention requirement also comes requests for information from different sources. Providers need to use practical data archiving tools to overcome data retention challenges. These tools are cloud-based archiving solutions that allow clinicians to access a patient’s complete medical history within a few clicks. They also hold and display data that could have been locked up in legacy information systems.
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