Technology has been rapidly advancing at an accelerated pace year after year. As technology continuously advances, it has been improving various aspects of our lives. One of the ways in which it has helped is to enhance the way doctors communicate with their patients. This, in itself, has led to a plethora of benefits in regards to disease prevention, longevity, and more sanitary equipment such as medical shoe covers. In this article, we take a look at some of the ways technology has helped to make lives easier for doctors and patients.
Based on the fact that both the Android and iOS app stores have tens of thousands of apps, the old saying “there’s an app for that” really is true. Nowadays you have mobile apps that track how many calories you burn throughout the day via a digital pedometer, apps that allow us to order food, and apps that help us to manage our finances.
Healthcare institutions have been taking notice and offer an abundance of apps that have been helping people to enhance their lives. The apps they offer have been helping people clear the confusion they may experience after visiting a doctor by providing direct access to information surrounding an ailment they may have. In addition to that, apps have enabled people to make doctor appointments without having to speak to anyone as well as to give them access to information such as claims information and ID cards.
One of the more beneficial technologies that have been helping to improve the patient-to-doctor relationship is telemedicine. Most people have an abundance of work, school, and family obligations that make it particularly difficult when it comes to actually see a doctor when they experience an issue. However, due to the advent of telemedicine, patients can elect to speak to their primary care physician online via chat and over the phone.
In addition to this, by utilizing telemedicine patients can get access to the care they require regardless if their doctor is available such as nights or on holidays. This in itself can lead to cheaper out of the pocket expenses and reduced waiting times when it comes to getting their issues addressed as soon as possible.
3) Ongoing Support/Accountability
Statistics indicate that patients are more likely to follow through with their doctor’s recommendations if they are held accountable. Technology has helped in this regard in various ways such as allowing doctors to prescribe various apps that track a patient’s health, such as an app that tracks sugar intake and blood pressure levels. Doctors can use this information to hold patients accountable and steer them towards improved health.
4) Patients Aware of Treatment Options
Technology has given institutions the power to provide patients with information on new technologies that they may not be aware of. For instance, let’s say there’s a breakthrough in cardiology that allows for improved heart scans that can more accurately detect abnormalities in the functioning of the heart. In a situation like this, technology enables the institution to target the specific demographic of people such as individuals older than 50, who may benefit from said new technology. With technology, hospitals now have the power to promote said service at a more cost-effective rate than advertising on more expensive mediums, which means that they are more capable of reaching more people.
5) Improved Care
It goes without saying that doctors collect an abundance of information about a patient such as their weight, medical history, and drug allergies. However, back in the day, before the advent of computers, all that information would be stored in a file that doctor stores somewhere and never really use until they see a patient.
With technology, doctors are more equipped to leverage this date on an ongoing basis to improve care with the few clicks of a mouse. In addition to that, it can improve the quality of the relationship between the patient and doctor, such as to enable personal touches by using a tool that sends messages about maintaining a recommendation or to simply acknowledge them on a holiday or special occasion.
By adding a personal touch to the relationship between doctors and patients, patients will feel more comfortable about going to see the doctor as well as to fully explain everything that’s going on with them.