Technology & Innovation

Author

Carlos Barge

Healthcare is one of the biggest and most crucial industries in the world so no wonder it’s the one that is heavily using the latest technologies – because it’s the matter of life and death.

First of all, due to artificial intelligence and work with Big Data, a scientist will soon get the opportunity to prevent certain diseases, like cancer. This can be done by analyzing patient’s history and all their records so AI will be able to understand the mechanism of disease, thus enabling doctors to be proactive instead of reacting.

Secondly, there are more and more intelligent prostheses popping up and this also offers a whole lot of opportunities for both doctors and patients. Such prostheses are able to distinguish images, light, pressure, etc. and are already a great breakthrough.

Discovering intriguing trends in the global IT healthcare domain in rebuilding and ambiguity of nowadays can be a challenge. Yet we should if we would like to act preemptively creating events and not only react to them.

This is a very exciting time to be involved in healthcare informatics. Here are a few of the things I am working on that illustrate some of the current trends:

Personalized medicine – using data, from EHRs, patient registries, genomic databases, wearables and other sources to fine-tune and tailor recommendations and treatments to the specific patient. People don’t realize that many treatments only work for certain types of patients and medicine is often a trial-and-error pursuit. Informatics is helping predict who will respond to what.

Patient Empowerment – patients are the source and utilizers of health information more frequently than ever. Between Fitbit, Apple Health, and thousands of other devices and programs, the collection of health data from places outside the point of care and the application of that data in a meaningful way is increasing in importance.

Value Based Care – data is being leveraged more often to extract value from care rather than relying on the old fee-for-service model. ACOs and other alternative payment schemes are making it imperative that providers demonstrate the effect care has on patients, demonstrating valuable outcomes and ensuring patients don’t fall through the cracks.

Telehealth – local, state and national borders are becoming less of an issue as doctors and patients can communicate electronically. Devices that allow diagnosis from a distance are becoming more prevalent, increasing access, efficiency and saving lives.

Mergers – interoperability remains a top concern as hospitals and health systems continue to combine and merge and as provider practices continue to be absorbed by hospitals. Different electronic record systems need to work together in order to make the process effective and seamless.

Cybersecurity – healthcare IT appears to be one of the most common and vulnerable targets of security breaches and this topic continues to be a major concern in the healthcare informatics world.

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