Healthcare technology can be used to improve work conducted by providers, to support myriad systems needed to successfully run a 21st Century hospital, and to empower patients to take better care of themselves. Future Healthcare Today is thankful for the companies, such as NetApp, Relatient, and VMWare for creating healthcare IT designed to do all of these things and more.
Trends in Healthcare: Using Data to Improve Population Health
The healthcare industry has been one of the greatest beneficiaries of our societal obsession with data. With a growing range of devices reporting on key indicators of health, and advances in medical research generating not only more data, but also more granular insight about diseases, there’s a tremendous opportunity for researchers, clinicians, and the organizations that support them to use that data to improve population health. However, while the data is there, ready to be parsed, snipped, analyzed, and applied, there still are significant obstacles to be overcome in the pursuit of the next medical breakthrough. According to a recent study by GovLoop and NetApp “[m]any of today’s healthcare technologies are unable to manage the vast amounts of information that these new data sets provide [and manage] the difficulties of maintaining the security around personal health information.” Read more about the study and how thriving healthcare organizations embrace hybrid cloud here.
Going Behind the Scenes of a 21st Century Hospital: How Data Management Supports Clinicians and Patients
Behind the expert clinicians who bring the latest in skills and knowledge to treat patients in today’s hospitals, there are myriad IT systems at work that ensure that administrators, researchers, doctors, and patients can access all the information they need to deliver the best patient outcomes. Being able to manage the petabytes of data that are created in the clinical environment every day looms large. It’s not just that these vast amounts of data need to be stored in compliance with healthcare regulations, like HIPAA, but that data needs to be shared within the hospital and also with outside organizations. Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) provides healthcare IT leaders the opportunity to address issues of sharing, scaling, and budget in one solution that is easily visible through a single pane management platform. Read about VMWare’s console works with NetApp HCI to support 21st Century hospitals here.
Self-Scheduling Makes Better Patient Access a Reality
From smartphones to automated cars, new inventions are pushing the world forward, but how does technology play into healthcare? Today, there are many variables that impact your healthcare, and technology is helping to improve the healthcare practices of Americans. In a recent Relatient webinar, Ginny Shipp, Product Specialist, shared how technology can provide patients better access to healthcare. Patient access for the provider means guiding the patient to the best experience. For the patient, it’s all about knowing provider options, the care they should get, and how much it will cost. Lack of appointments one of the many challenges to patient access, but the average appointment wait time is 24 days. Today, patients expect digital, easy access service that works with their lifestyle. Self-scheduling platforms can help providers with patient access while decreasing the workload for their staff. Read how technology can help here.