Increasing economic liberalisation and privatisation have stimulated health care as much as they have infl uenced many other social and administrative systems, perhaps even more so. The article unfoldsseveral aspects of how crunching technology has proved advantageous for a sharpened and more desirable diagnosis and treatment.By Pratiksha Kapoor
With advancement in technology, new developments are constantly infiltrating our lives. Whether it’s the job you do, the way you shop, how you communicate with friends, technology is redefining our lives.
A deeper look in the healthcare sector and the impact of technological advancement we get to explore many facets which have revolutionized the health care industry. The advent of fresh technological equipments, the private players in the market as well as ending of the old healthcare rituals with upgrading platform with new and more facilities for women and child health care are few traditions marking a cut in healthcare paradigm.
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY Breakthroughs in information gathering, research, treatments, and communications have given medical providers new tools to work with and fresh ways to practice medicine. Information technology has made significant contributions to our world, namely in the medical industry. With the increased use of electronic medical records (EMR), tele health services, and mobile technologies like tablets and smart phones, physicians and patients are both seeing the benefits that these new medical technologies are bringing.
DELVING INTO VARIOUS FACETS OF TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS ONE CANNOT OVERLOOK THE FOLLOWING TECHNO ELEVATIONS –
1. Mobile health is freeing healthcare devices of wires and cords and enabling physicians and patients alike to check on healthcare processes on-the-go. A research report estimates the global mHealth market will reach $20.7 billion by 2019, manifesting its prevalence.
Smartphones and tablets allow healthcare providers to more freely access and send information. Physicians and service providers can use mHealth tools for orders, documentation and simply to reach more information when with patients.
2. Telemedicine/telehealth is where patients can receive a full assessment through a video chat with a physician. Claims are automatically generated, but the fees are reduced to factor out traditional office costs. Setting the actual healthcare cost aside. It also reduces time out of office costs for employees and employers.
3. Portal technology. Patients are increasingly becoming active players in their own healthcare, and portal technology is one tool helping them to do so. Portal technology allows physicians and patients to access medical records and interact online.
With more and more hospitals and practices using medical technology like mobile devices on the job, physicians can now have access to any type of information they need – from drug information, research and studies, patient history or records, and more – within mere seconds. And, with the ability to effortlessly carry these mobile devices around with them throughout the day, they are never far from the information they need.
Medical technology has evolved from introducing doctors to new equipment to use inside private practices and hospitals to connecting patients and doctors thousands of miles away through telecommunications. It is not uncommon in today’s world for patients to hold video conferences with physicians to save time and money normally spent on traveling to another geographic location or send health information.
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HEALTH SECTOR
Prevention of disease is both a personal and a state obligation. In fact, the state has enormous stakes in the maintenance of healthy and relatively disease-free society. It is committed to providing a good and clean environment, water supply, family and social welfare services, vaccination and health advice. States have tried various strategies to improve access, quality and cost-efficiency in the health care delivery systems through techno means. Good management of health care equipments and increased investment on health care solutions has to an extent enhanced health outcomes. Although strategic importance of technology in health care has been documented widely in scientific literature; it is only now equipment planning, procurement and management have received the attention they deserve in the transformation process of health care services.
Privatisation on the other hand, has established a notion of steep hike in health expenditures, attributable to the increased costs of medical consultations, drugs and devices, medical tests and hospitalization because of the modern technology healthcare perpheral.