Healthcare has always been an important part of our lives. While we may not depend on healthcare services all the time, knowing that those services are accessible – and reliable – is always a good thing. From the Affordable Care Act to accessible healthcare, the industry is now taking more steps in the right direction.
The healthcare industry is clearly improving in more ways than ever. These improvements are allowing patients to enjoy the most benefits:
Better Healthcare Management
Efficiency has been one of the main focuses of healthcare improvement these past few years. Hospitals and practices are trying to streamline their workflows and provide effective and efficient care to patients. Efforts are being made to lower overhead costs as well. All of these improvements are benefiting patients in many ways.
Systems such as AccuReports, available at http://frgsystems.com/accureports/, are allowing healthcare providers to keep track of more metrics. This, in turn, helps the service providers understand more about their operations, find new ways to improve and measure performance more effectively.
Of course, efficiency is bringing more benefits to patients. Aside from the lower health care costs, patients can now receive better care in general.
Electronic Health Records
The implementation of electronic health records is another shift that will continue to transform the healthcare industry in the coming year. More hospitals and service providers are using a standardized EHR as a way to record patients’ treatments and medical histories. Instead of carrying paper documents, patients can now grant their physicians and doctors temporary access to a digital medical history stored in the cloud.
A lot of issues have been eliminated by electronic medical records. For starters, doctors can now get a complete medical history within seconds, allowing them to perform better analysis of the patient’s condition and provide the proper treatment. Issues such as drug allergies and incorrect treatments can be avoided completely.
The use of EHR also speeds things up by a large margin. There is no need to wait for medical imaging results or doctor’s notes, because they can be integrated with the recordkeeping system directly. A streamlined workflow is certainly good for patients.
Collaborative Research and Advances
We have also seen a lot of new research programs being introduced over the past few years. Cures are being discovered and better, more effective treatments are being introduced to the industry on a regular basis. There are even technologies and equipment that allows doctors and medical practitioners to provide better care to their patients.
Earlier this year, a research program discovered what could be a potential new cure for cancer. The FDA is giving priority review to Glivec, the drug used in the research, because of the promising results it showed. It won’t be long before we start seeing new treatments for other (now) untreatable diseases.
All of these changes are bringing us better healthcare and healthcare services. There is no doubt that 2017 will be an exciting year for the industry and for patients relying on it, especially with so many new technologies and advancements being introduced.