There is no question that the merging of health care and technology continues to shape what it means to be a patient in this market. With national health expenditures, accounting for more around 18% of the country’s GDP in 2015, new healthcare focused technology can alleviate some of the fiscal burden of chronic diseases.
The rise of telemedicine
Along with offering everyone additional accessibility, telemedicine saves time/money while also providing healthcare to patients in remote areas that may or may not have a healthcare facility close by.
Basically, patients can now speak with a therapist, physician or any other medical professional on their smartphone to update prescriptions or ask a question about their latest visit. Since telemedicine lacks facetime, access to emotional therapy is through a smartphone is more cost-efficient than meeting with a healthcare professional in person.
Cloud technology has also changed the way in which we interact with the health care system and more importantly, how patient specific medical records are stored. In the past few years, doctors have used their smartphones for day to day functions such as retrieving drug info, and patients are able to access test results with minimal wait time. As a result of this, there has been a new shift in focusing on data related protection when it comes to patients’ private medical records.
For many, the days of heading to your local grocery store and taking your blood pressure are long gone. Devices can perform DIY blood tests, or serve as a thermometer, which help patients regulate their day to day health without leaving their homes.
With some tools that have automation, individuals can measure their weight, pulse etc. and enter this information into their smartphones and transmit to medical professionals in minutes. If these details are submitted on a regular basis, this in turn can help predict one’s risk for heart disease and other illnesses that previously have not been so easily monitored and shared between both parties.