Technological advancements have changed the way we do things in our everyday life. It improves and develops everything we do. New technologies pop up all the time to the point that we don’t even realize that we adapt them and it becomes a part of our lives. Utilizing technology for their advantages makes work, chores, and other aspects of our lives easier and simpler. Technology has improved education by giving students tablets so that their modules and lessons are all in one thin device that is easy to carry around. It has improved the way we communicate and socialize with people, it has made receiving and sending messages so convenient, and so much more. It’s effects in the healthcare industry are no different; it definitely has its benefits that impacts the industry well. What are these benefits?
Digitalization of Health Records
Replacing paper records with digitally encoded records has been a massive game changer for the industry. Paper records have the tendency to get damaged and lost and filing is such a tedious task. Medical assistants to registered nurses and doctors are just some of the roles that benefit from the digitalization of health records. It makes their work easier as inputting patient data is part of their everyday work. It also makes information easier to read since it is digitally written. This is a benefit also because of the fact that it’s easier to send and receive important medical data such as test or lab results. That’s why aside from medical professionals, patients also benefit from it because with just a few clicks they can access and view their records through a patient portal software.
Improved Patient Care
Patients tend to forget some of the things that are important or crucial for their health. For example, details about past operations or check ups, or about prescribed medicines and dosages etc. Having electronic health records, any doctor can look up details of the patient with no hassle. This is especially helpful for those visiting a new doctor or a doctor they don’t usually go to.
Improved Public Health
It is easier to spot health trends through data. Data is important in the healthcare industry as it helps with studies because it could show them patterns. For example, if a patient shows symptoms that are similar to a previous patient they can compare it with the data from that other patient to help them with their analysis. This is extremely useful if there’s a widespread outbreak. If multiple patients come in with the same problems at the same time frame that says something and it’s easily spotted if data is easily accessible. How does it help? They can enable preventive measures as soon as possible so that spread can be avoided.
Ease of Workflow
As mentioned before electronic health records help medical professionals the most as it reduces the things that they have to do. Furthermore, it also helps those who work in accounting and the clerks. It makes billing and encoding easier for them. They are also part of the healthcare industry and it makes their work less time consuming. It also reduces the risk of errors in the patient’s details and financial details.