Healthcare clinics are forced to deal with everything from rising costs and increasing patient demands on a daily basis. The drain on medical staff threatens to turn managed healthcare into fast-paced confusion. The hectic life of a healthcare worker is never ending, but luckily, isn’t complete unmanageable. Many new programs and technologies work to improve health setups and make safer clinics and hospitals. Here are six software setups that can help providers stay organized.
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Digital Diagnostic Tools
Video conferencing for visual exams, and wearable devices that can transmit patient vitals are becoming more important for remote patients who can’t reach a doctor. Revolutionary diagnostic software is being developed, including a program that tracks patient eye movement to check for early signs of Alzheimer’s. Internet technology and software are making it easier for doctors to interact with remote patients all over the world.
Healthcare seems to be lagging behind many IT trends. But smaller hospitals and clinics rarely have specialized staff to maintain complex data environments. IT services can integrate software, network monitoring, security, and many other IT-related issues to a remote location, freeing staff from IT concerns to focus on patient care. It’s a good investment to have in any small clinic and will end up paying for itself in the long run.
Most providers rely on electronic records, but many fail to meet the mandatory HIPAA guidelines. Health records are a favorite targets of hackers and identify thieves. It’s important that all healthcare clinics have a secure, efficient, and reliable digital records system, including a Health Data Archiver program for storing and maintaining patient records.
There are many startup software companies improving services for healthcare. Software can help locate pharmacies and compare prices, perform web-based scheduling, automate emails and phone confirmation notices and confirmations, or locate and network with specialists. All of these result in cost and time savings that can be improve the patient experience. Make sure if you can’t afford the most advanced system, you choose one that has the basics your small clinic will require.
In the era of the Affordable Care Act, many consumers are faced with managing their own insurance costs and data. Technology startups are already filling the demand for software that can integrate this information with healthcare systems to provide better billing and answer questions on insurance and benefits. Make sure your insurance is one that will protect you in the long run.
A flood of MRI, X-ray, and other visual data presents challenges in that the images are meaningless until codified. New formats and protocols are being developed specifically for storing and sharing images. A PACS (picture archiving and communication system) is becoming more essential to efficient management and use of images.
Healthcare providers with broken or inadequate systems will find themselves failing in the struggle to cope with rising cost structures and increased transparency. Those who leverage the right computing solutions will best keep pace with an increasingly digital industry.
By Brooke Chaplan