In the 21st century, quite a few technology companies have been focusing on the development of new solutions for the healthcare industry. Some of the most futuristic advancements in technology are being made in the healthcare field for the purpose of improving the lives of patients and practitioners alike. If you are the owner or managing director of a clinic, you probably already know that the economic sector you operate in contributes nearly 20 percent of gross domestic product; to this effect, the investments you make today in relation to technology will not only improve your bottom line but also the American economy. Following are some examples that illustrate how technology can innovate your clinic and improve your medical practice.
Portable Ultrasound Machines
These diagnostic devices have been around for more than three decades, and they keep getting lighter, smaller and more portable. When the first portable ultrasound machines were introduced in the 1980s, their cost of acquisition was prohibitive for many practitioners. These days, however, companies such as Keebomed make it easier for healthcare professionals to find reasonably priced portable ultrasound devices.
Remote Vital Signs Monitoring
The technology behind the smart wristbands and watches that runners wear during their workouts is being widely implemented for healthcare purposes. Remote patient monitors the size of a finger cuff are being used by medical facilities in Asia and Europe to continuously measure pulse and blood pressure rates transmitted by means of an Android mobile application. In the United States, these monitors are compliant with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Electronic Health Records
By the year 2030, digital medical records will become a standard augmented by HIPAA compliance and by the ongoing mobile revolution. Adopting an EHR strategy in your clinic will have many advantages in terms of cost savings and productivity: you will be able to reduce overall front office expenses, allocate staff resources and promote efficient communications with your patients.
Wearable Technology for Medical Professionals
Google Glass, the optical wearable computer project that was shelved at the consumer level due to privacy concerns, is being quietly redeployed at the enterprise level with great success. Applications for healthcare settings are currently undergoing tests, and they are showing lots of promise. Imagine being able to pull up patient records, view x-rays, monitor vital signs, and dictate notes for further transcription with a single Google Glass device that frees your hands.
In the end, the medical technology sector will not only turn your clinic into a futuristic establishment in the near future; it will also innovate your practice for the benefit of your patients.