- Technological advancement is essential for progress within the healthcare industry.
- New technology such as telehealth helps treatment professionals stay ahead of the curve.
- The new strategies developed as a result of new technology lead to improved outcomes.
- Technology such as telehealth can help treatment professionals change lives in a positive way.
New technology has been redefining healthcare for decades. As technology advances, so do the benefits for Treatment Professionals and their patients. Telehealth technologies have probably been the most impactful during the past year of social distancing and isolation. Telemedicine or telehealth offers both you and your patients a myriad of advantages for treatment at a distance. Video consultations have become common as they provide a safe and convenient way for patients to connect with their Treatment Professionals without requiring face-to-face interaction. Besides ensuring the health and safety of your patients, this type of technology often benefits healthcare professionals by allowing them to modernize their practice and improve client outcomes.
Why New Technologies Are Important
Mayo Clinic states that using digital information and communication technologies such as computers, tablets, and mobile phones to access healthcare services positively impacts the global community. By leveraging technology, patients can better manage their healthcare, and professionals can provide improved support services.
New technology leads to innovations, especially in healthcare. Every improvement makes a difference in the lives of both patients and professionals. Each step forward potentially helps to save lives. That is why technological advancement in the healthcare field is essential.
For example, technology such as mobile phone apps and patient portals makes it easier for diabetes patients to upload food logs, track their medications, monitor their blood sugar levels, determine diet and exercise requirements, schedule doctor’s appointments, request prescription refills, and communicate with their providers.
Being Ahead of the Curve
New technology is important to stay ahead of the game in the industry and may lead to insightful new strategies for helping people. These could be new strategies to improve people’s lives with chronic illnesses or systems designed to improve addiction recovery rates.
For example, Soberlink’s remote alcohol monitoring system can help connect patients with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) directly to their Treatment Provider and Recovery Circle. Combining an alcohol testing device with wireless connectivity, Soberlink lets clinicians receive real-time results each time a patient submits a test. This allows Treatment Professionals to monitor patient progress closely and reassess treatment should a series of non-compliant tests be accrued.
Soberlink is only one of how new technology can aid clinicians focused on modernizing their practice and implementing useful technology dedicated to improving lives.
New Strategies and Improved Outcomes
According to an article published in the American Journal of Accountable Care, telehealth helps you meet healthcare consumers’ needs by revolutionizing healthcare delivery. The various telehealth technologies that are now available can significantly improve the quality of healthcare that’s provided. Telehealth technology can reduce the need and cost of traveling, provide clinical support across all medical fields, overcome geographic barriers, lower healthcare costs, improve care delivery to all populations, and meet demand from consumers. All of these factors can contribute to improved outcomes.
Since telehealth technology can help reduce the amount of time spent in treatment, it can significantly impact overall client recovery. However, it is also beneficial for monitoring patients with any chronic condition. By using remote technology, clinicians can better monitor and manage their patients, ultimately improving their quality of life.
Technology Helps You Change Lives
Using healthcare technology such as telehealth will help you change lives. Although technology is not new, the CDC notes that it was not widely used until deemed necessary for public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, now that healthcare professionals and the general public have adjusted to this form of interaction, it continues to make a big impact.
Telehealth serves to reduce hospital readmissions and unnecessary trips to the ER. When patients can communicate with you remotely, there is a reduced need for them to seek immediate in-person care unless necessary. Telehealth technology also improves patient engagement and satisfaction as it offers convenient and stress-free ways to get treatment. This also greatly reduces the number of patients who don’t show up for consultations. Since there’s no need to travel and they conveniently meet with you in the comfort of their own home, they are much more likely to keep an appointment.
Remote healthcare technology also allows you to provide healthcare to a broader population. Telehealth communications can benefit people living in rural areas, those unable to secure transport, and people who need to see specialists who are only available in specific locations.
Virtual healthcare is the future, and telehealth technology is no exception. Treatment Professionals should consider implanting remote technology into their practice to better treat and communicate with patients. By reducing travel and treatment costs and offering convenience and full support, this technology can change lives. Not just patients’ lives, but clinicians’ as well.