The dawn of a new era in medicine is here with the recent rollout of 5G internet. This fast data-transfer speed has the potential to enable such unheard-of opportunities as remote surgery using internet connections. Also, the possibility is on the horizon for AI-delivered care. Let’s take a look at the advancements made so far as we begin 2020, and how they transform the working lives of physicians on the front lines of health care.
Record Keeping Systems
Very few people enjoy doing excessive amounts of reporting and paperwork, and doctors are no exception to the rule. Legal and insurance requirements mandate a large amount of data to be recorded and diligently maintained. Historically, this has placed an enormous burden on doctors and strained resources at clinics that have to devote significant amounts of time to storing information that could otherwise be better spent caring for patients.
New health-promoting apps are a huge asset in the arsenal of any modern-day physician. These easily downloadable programs can perform a variety of functions that can assist in patient care, including vital statistic monitoring (blood sugar, heart rate, etc.), meal planning for patients on special diets, support groups for specific health conditions, recording and storing patient health markers over extended periods of time, fitness tracking, and more.
Studies have shown that the correct use of health apps improves health outcomes, engages patients in their own health care—thus giving them a sense of empowerment—and enhances the data collection that would otherwise be too difficult to collect without the aid of a health app on the patient’s mobile phone.
Telehealth refers to the utilization of telecommunications to deliver health care. The most common example is remote consultations via Skype. Telehealth and other technologies allow physicians to help patients when they’re not in the same location. It also cuts costs for providers, connects patients to vital health care who live in rural areas or who have difficulty making it to the doctor, and, most importantly, delivers fantastic results.
Thanks to technology, patient records can now be stored digitally in secure clouds, which carries a number of benefits for physicians and their staff, including eliminating paperwork, reducing administrative overhead, and enabling smooth transfer of patient data from office to office. These are just some of the most important ways that technology has revolutionized the day-to-day activities of physicians across the U.S. Keep an eye out, though, because there’s bound to be many more changes in the future!
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