Evolution of Global Healthcare IT

Dec 5, 2016

The healthcare system is no longer limited to traditional treatment methods. In fact, as technology continues to evolve, so does healthcare. Today, what we see at the global level is a synergy of healthcare facilities with information technology leading to the birth of healthcare IT system. The evolution of healthcare system has been phenomenal and is poised to expand further in the upcoming decades.

A move towards simplification

One change that the IT in the healthcare sector has made is a deliberate move towards the simplification of the entire healthcare process. Simplicity has emerged as the new trend, and with the help of real-time IT platforms, patient engagement has improved, so has personalization and transparency when it comes to care. Also, unlike how it was in the past, IT for healthcare now has a flexible exchange of information between the patient, care providers, and health support networks.

Remote patient monitoring

Remote patient monitoring is another thing to look forward to. With the focus being shifted to quality and cost-effective healthcare IT services, healthcare providers are resorting to technology to monitor vitals such as weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, blood oxygen levels, and heart rate. The information gathered is used by professionals in hospitals, ICUs (intensive care units), primary care centers as well as by centralized off-site case management programs.

Remote patient monitoring assists in:

  • Easy access to healthcare
  • Improved patient outcome
  • Cost-effective healthcare IT solutions

A step towards better disease management

Chronic diseases like blood sugar, blood pressure, arthritis, and cardiovascular problems require regular care and management. With the development of several wearable technology devices, it is now easier for a patient to keep track of his/her vital signs without having to visit a hospital. These devices save patients’ time, effort, and money but also helps them in being proactive about their disease management.

Better disease assessment

With the advent of healthcare IT, there have been several innovations when in health assessment gadgets. These gadgets help medical professionals analyze diseases and determine better preventive solutions for patients.

Also, there has been an increase in the number of minimally-invasive surgeries, which enable patients to recover sooner and better as compared to traditional surgical methods. From a long-term perspective, IT in healthcare helps to improve overall medical care and better serve a greater number of patients across the globe.

Improved medical research

All medical research organizations are working towards improved research so as to be able to examine diseases and develop effective antibodies to cure them. Technology has made it easier to create vaccines that will not only cure diseases but will also prevent them from spreading.

It is for these reasons that healthcare IT has emerged as the future of global healthcare systems. This newfound synergy is sure to change the face of medical services in third-world countries, where even basic healthcare facilities are not available to the majority of the population.


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