Newer and newer technology developments in healthcare have saved countless lives and improved the quality of life for even more. Not only has technology changed experiences for patients and their families, but it’s also had a huge impact on medical processes and the practice of healthcare professionals.
Below is a look at the latest technological innovations, and the benefits and disadvantages they bring to both patients and professionals.
The Digitalization of Health Records
The introduction of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in replacing paper records has been a game changer for many allied healthcare professionals. Medical assistants, medical records and health information technicians, medical Billing and coding professionals, and registered nurses are just some of the allied healthcare roles impacted by this implementation.
Enhanced Patient Care
EHR can automatically alert the treating physician to potential issues, such as allergies or intolerances to certain medicines. EHRs can be accessed in any medical facility, which is extremely useful for doctors to access their medical history.
Improved Public Health
EHRs provide invaluable data to clinical researchers, which advances medical knowledge and the development of new treatments for common health problems.
Additionally, a central and standardized system throughout the entire healthcare industry can identify a viral or bacterial infection quickly.
Ease of Workflow
Medical billers and coders are perhaps most impacted by EHRs, as the number of medical codes recently jumped from 13,600 to 69,000. Despite this huge jump, the introduction of EHRs has made life for medical billers and coders much easier.
Entering data into a computerized system is much less time consuming than paper-based methods. It also reduces the risk of errors in patient data and financial details. Accessing patient records digitally can be done in an instant and viewed via portable devices, increasing efficiency, and productivity.
Lower Healthcare Costs
According to a study from the University of Michigan, the shifts from paper to electronic health records reduce the cost of outpatient care by 3%. These researchers estimated this as $5.14 in savings per patient each month.
Big Data and The Cloud
‘Big Data’ is the buzzword of the digital age. The term refers to the enormous amounts of data collected from a variety of sources that are processed and used for analytics.