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.
Public health workers do a lot to make their communities healthier and happier. The sector operates under federal and state oversight, issuing and implementing important protocols that keep people safe. With so many public health careers and policies that improve and preserve lives, it is important that initiatives and operations are well-equipped. Technology plays a big role in effectively improving community health. From first responders to health educators, public health workers need effective technology now more than ever.
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.
Efficient and accessible technology has cemented the partnership between IT and healthcare. IT healthcare technology can save practices thousands of dollars through security protection and automation that can replace workers. Not only does healthcare technology save money for medical centers, it also saves time.
When hospitals prepared for COVID-19, they did not expect this. As coronavirus cases fluctuate in the United States, patients and medical centers face uncertainty. Patients are nervous to return to doctors offices in fear of being infected. Medical practices, especially in rural areas, are shutting down due to a lack of patients.
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.
Clinical Support With AI and Machine Learning
Diagnostic errors are one of the most prevalent issues in the medical field. That is why new healthcare technologies are being produced to increase accuracy among physicians. The use of AI in healthcare has become the focus for many healthcare technology manufacturers. Machine learning allows the algorithms to improve through use and experience. Some AI diagnostic tools run autonomously while others require prompting from the physician. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first autonomous AI diagnostic tool to be sold to clinicians in April of 2018.
Public hospitals in Vietnam are making the first real strides toward upgrading to smart systems. A consultancy firm called YCP Solidiance recently published work about how digitization is transforming the healthcare system in Vietnam. These improvements represent groundbreaking, systemic movement toward a highly digital doctor and patient experience. What are the implemented innovations and when might they work their way stateside? This article explores the possibilities.
Late in 2019, Apple released a version of its Apple Watch that claims to detect atrial fibrillation. Wearables have become so common that many people in the U.S. have daily data about their heart rate, step count and even sleep patterns. But the question remains: can a smartwatch (or smart device) replace your doctor?