In the recent decades we’ve seen what used to be acknowledged as the impossible—autonomous vehicles operated by lasers and portable devices that store an incomprehensible amount of data. We are living in a society who has replaced farmers with robots and drawings with computer renderings. Some may argue that technology is robbing us of genuine human interaction and some may argue the contrary.
Every sector and industry is assimilating and healthcare is no exception. Almost two decades ago, an electronic health record (EHR) system was implemented in hospitals. Its purpose is to create more efficiency and less disparity in the healthcare industry. Currently, most hospitals and clinics have integrated this new system.
Many healthcare veterans who were working when CT scans, ultrasounds, and M.R.I’s became commercialized are weary of this shift. iPhone apps are becoming clinical tools that determine the volume of saline needed to be infused in patients. In recent months, several hospitals and medical centers started using a phone app that alerts doctors when a patient suffering with depression or diabetes is digressing. At the moment, it is only applicable to illnesses with predictable patterns. The app tracks how often and where they move, as well how often they are texting or calling. In the event that your smartphone calculates “withdrawal,” a doctor or caregiver is alerted.
According to the New York Times, researchers in the health field are hopeful in integrating big-data technologies. This includes “ways to better assess patient behaviors and measure drug effectiveness.” Chief innovation and technology office at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Dr. Paul C. Tang believes that technology doesn’t create better doctors. Dr. Tang hopes that healthcare personnel utilize technology as a contributing factor in become better, humane professionals.
It will depend on time if “big data technology” is more efficient than healthcare professionals. But regardless of how prevalent technology is at your clinic, make sure you have healthcare insurance to protect you from inherent risks you face every day.
Running a medical or dental practice these days is probably harder than ever before—and certainly more risky. Not only do you face all kinds of pressures over fees, government programs and restrictions, etc., but society has become more litigious as well. Contact Capital Insurance for a free analysis of your current Michigan Healthcare Insurance coverage. Call 1 (888) 296-0418 or email us.