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THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTHCARE

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Technology has revolutionized every aspect of the economy and healthcare has not been left behind. Even though the adoption of technology in healthcare has been relatively slow due to strict regulations; it has brought about a significant impact on patient care among other things.

For instance, health facilities are adopting electronic health records and Hedis STARs Measures to ensure their billing systems are streamlined.

In this article, we look at the various ways technology is enabling patients to get proper medical assistance.

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Let's delve into specifics.

  • Software to improve healthcare

Programmers have created software that enables healthcare facilities to streamline workflow.  

Using software, healthcare practitioners can track medical procedures as well as billing methods, reducing the amount of paperwork needed in processing such requests.

What's more, specific software has made it possible for the World Health Organization (WHO) to classify various illnesses that were previously unclassified. They can also deduce the various causes as well as symptoms and input these findings in a large database.

  • Better medicine, equipment, and treatment

Technology has bought about better medical equipment that has helped medical practitioners provide more comprehensive patient care. These equipment have enabled people suffering from chronic illnesses and other complicated conditions to get quality healthcare, thus, improving their quality of life.

Additionally, the production of better medicine has significantly brought down the stigma surrounding various life-threatening conditions.

Besides, technology has allowed for different medical practitioners to get in touch with medical researchers as well as each other.

  • Improved relationship with patients

Technology has allowed medical practitioners to have easier access to a patient's record. Through technology, they get to have a better and in-depth understanding of patient medical history.

Before the recent technological advancements, patient records used to be stored in files. As the number of patients increased, there was an overflow of paperwork that had to be stored in large halls and stores. However, technology has come up with databases that are used to store medical records online, making it easily accessible for both doctors and patients. As such, patients are more confident that the doctor will treat them accordingly as they are aware of their medical history.

  • Faster results

In the past, patients had to wait for a considerable amount of time to get medical results. Some could wait a couple of weeks to get lab results. However, with the technological advancements in the medical field, patients can get their results as soon as lab attendants are done with your sample which could be a few minutes or hours “ a few days for complicated procedures.

In this case, patient anxiety is reduced as they get their results as fast as possible. What's more, healthcare facilities are making use of web portals to enable patients to access past medical records

  • Social media outreach

Several healthcare facilities are making use of technology to inform the general public of the services they offer.

By making use of the various social media platforms, medical practitioners can easily get in touch with patients and track their progress after leaving the hospital.