Evolving technologies are rapidly transforming nearly every industry on the globe, not least among them the healthcare sector. A recent article in Forbes highlights the following trends as ones that have the potential to revolutionize medicine:
- Body sensors: Private companies like Apple and Google are pushing the body sensor trend with their much publicized wearable health devices. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, this type of technology could also find widespread use in hospitals and doctors' offices, where physicians and nurses could use sensor tracking to monitor patients' recoveries from strokes or major surgeries.
- Digitized records: The days of the nurse's clipboard will soon be well behind us. While hard-copy medical charts are inefficient, wasteful and easily lost, digital medical records can streamline care. If a patient's information is stored in an accessible, centralized hub, he or she can also take a more active role in his or her own treatment. "New technologies will finally help medical professionals focus more on the patient as a human being instead of spending time hunting down pertinent information," writes Forbes contributor Robert Szczerba. "They will be able to do what they do best – provide care with expertise. In turn, patients will get the chance to be equal partners in their healthcare."
- Telecare: Telecare — or long-distance communication between health providers and patients — has the potential to cut costs while improving care.
In order to fully leverage these kinds of new technologies to improve quality of care and maximize profit, healthcare providers will need to turn to VARs and MSPs. Solution providers that partner with VAR Staffing are able to provide such industry stakeholders with top talent to meet the challenges of today while leading them forward toward a more innovative tomorrow.