Technology has paved the way for great enhancements in how we diagnose, treat and manage patients. Doctors are embracing the changes in technology to provide better diagnostic tools, and give patients more insight and control into their own healthcare. Tablets are now used to show patients X-Rays, and support an in-depth discussion of any potential medical issues.
Tracking Blood Sugar
Getting patients to track their blood sugar used to be a frustrating task for both patient and doctor. With new apps that patients can download, it’s easier than ever to maintain accurate blood sugar tracking and diagnose any potential problems in the diet. Patients can use apps on their smartphone to easily keep track of their results, without having to keep journals and logs. This is especially useful for patients who are often away from home, have trouble staying organized, or forget to record their results. Certain apps can even alert patients to let them know it’s time to take their blood sugar.
Cost of Medical Procedures
Using technology, doctors can show patients the full costs of a procedure beforehand. Patients can compare the average cost to what the doctor is providing, and the doctor can explain any deviations from the average. In a recent WebMD/Medscape Digital Technology Survey, 100 percent of patients and doctors agreed this was a positive development. However, only half of the doctors surveyed were willing to compete or lower prices based on the industry averages. Different technology, experience and facilities all factor into the effectiveness and end-result of any procedure.
Patients often need to be reminded about upcoming appointments. Using services like those provided by Solution Reach, can help patients stay on track of their appointments. Doctors can schedule email, text message or a voice medical appointment reminder to ensure that patients are aware of their upcoming appointments.
Review of Medical Records
Patients can use apps to keep track of all of their medical records. This information can be provided to a doctor to give a more complete medical history. Often, this results in more accurate diagnosis, less time on the part of the doctor and more effective treatment plans. With more transparent access to records, doctors can determine whether that extra X-ray is necessary. A patient with several injuries may have a higher than normal exposure to radiation. In cases where an X-ray isn’t required, doctors can request previous medical records from other practices or hospitals instead of subjecting the patient to additional radiation. The WebMD survey noted that patients didn’t have a strong enough understanding of why radiation is a risk.
Technology has drastically changed the landscape that dictates how doctors interact with patients. From a simple medical appointment reminder to the complete organization of a patient’s medical records; there are many uses for technology in the modern practice. Technology can reduce costs, eliminate errors and prevent unneeded patient testing.