Healthcare in the United States has rapidly changed in the last 100 years. From house-calls and community clinics to commercialized hospitals and facilities, the healthcare industry has evolved in every way. A marked shift has been from decentralized to centralized healthcare.
In 2019, the average HIPAA penalty cost $1,227,400 in fines. A HIPAA risk assessment essentially tests the security infrastructure of a medical center. The risk assessment will detect vulnerabilities and threats. Utilizing a risk assessment of your healthcare security system will alert you to the areas of security that you need to strengthen. Completing the mandatory HIPAA risk assessment could help you avoid a costly fine.
Heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the United States since 2014. Cardiovascular health is a concern for many Americans. This has led to new developments in patient-centered heart health technology. These technologies are changing the way that cardiovascular physicians practice medicine. It has opened up patient-physician communication and increased patient health collaboration. When patients can see, in real-time, the effect that their choices are having on their health, it can encourage them to work harder to get healthy.
Physicians often find themselves drowning in documentation work. Even Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are tedious to fill out but crucial to patient care. Statistics show that physicians may spend up to half a day on EHRs. This takes away from time that physicians could be spending with patients.
Nurses are absolutely crucial to the healthcare industry and are taking on more responsibility than ever before. Even with the influx of medical technology, most nursing programs in the United States do not offer nursing technology courses. Instead, basic healthcare technology—like EHRs and databases—is integrated into each class. Nurses typically learn how to use these systems during clinic hours.
Due to the urgency of COVID-19, healthcare providers are scrambling to find technology solutions to help them navigate through these unprecedented times. Medical centers are having to quickly adapt to mandatory safety guidelines, telehealth and quarantine requirements. In the wake of this, technology has to adjust to healthcare industry needs.
For some people, waiting is the worst part of going to the doctor’s office. In fact, 97% of patients are frustrated with wait times. There are many things that you can do to make your waiting room less stressful. Surveys indicate that some key elements to offset this stress and anxiety is giving patients estimated wait times, amenities like free WIFI and even personal apologies for extended waiting. These solutions benefit patients and staff.
Surgery is an unknown that generates fear in many patients. Even routine procedures, such as wisdom teeth or appendix removals, can elicit anxiety. This is why it is so important for surgeons to establish trust and openly communicate with their patients. Surgeons are responsible for clear communication with patients. The onus is often on them to convey details on the procedure and recovery process. It is also important for surgeons to be an advocate for their patients. There are apps and other technology that can help with all of these tasks.
No doctor’s office is perfect. This is why patient feedback is so important: it provides a practice with the opportunity to improve. Patients will not only mention things that need to be improved, but they will also mention things that are already great. Win-win!
In a medical office, almost all daily tasks are dependent on technology. Patient medical and financial information is shared between offices every day. While these sensitive documents are being digitally shared and stored, hackers are finding ways to get through cybersecurity systems.