Technology and Medical Practices
Medicine has always been at the forefront of technological advancement, but if you run a medical office, you might wonder just how that technology will affect the future of your business. With electronic medical records (EMRs) now status quo in many medical practices and hospitals, digitalization has already started to transform the way we give and receive healthcare services. Here are a few ways you’re likely to see medical practices shift in coming years – all due to our friend, technology.
Wearable technologies will be business as usual.
If you’ve got an Apple Watch or a FitBit, you’ve likely already bought into the idea of wearable technology. That said, it might serve as little more than a novelty or a convenience you could likely live without. If you’re a healthcare provider, however, you might soon be dependent on that technology – as it will give you a real insight into your patients’ day-to-day health.
As this technology becomes more commonplace, more people will begin to use “wearables,” which have the capability to track vital medical information, like sleep patterns, heart rates, metabolic rates and even blood pressure. This would be an easy way for doctors to track the success of a treatment – or to get a general assessment of a patient’s overall health.
Waiting rooms will be a lot less crowded.
While waiting around to see a doctor might seem like a necessary evil, technology might help us eradicate the activity altogether in the future. Check-in and patient registration technology have already come a long way, but there are definitely more strides to be made in patient scheduling.
Preloading patient information and pre-scheduling screenings and other procedures can help nix the wait time necessary to get actual face time with the doc. Not to mention that apps and other smartphone technologies could streamline the whole check-in process – allowing patients to spend a little less time with your magazines and coffee machine.
Doctors’ visits could be virtual.
Virtual reality is becoming an accepted technological advancement – and that’s definitely going to have an effect on healthcare practices. A routine checkup, for example, could be as simple as a video call in the future. If your issue is non-emergent, technology may make “telemedicine” a feasible practice. Sure, this could start with a small percentage of visits, but would likely increase in the future.
The patients will be in control.
Electronic Medical Records have made it increasingly easier for patients to control their medical charts – and that’s only going to increase in coming years. Surveys show that the vast majority of patients would like greater control of their medical records, and digitalization has made that much more feasible. Hypothetically, free access to medical records could allow patients to pre-populate paperwork or health questionnaires to further expedite the office visit.
Ophthalmologists will be at the forefront.
Ophthalmologists have always been at the forefront of technology. From innovative and cutting-edge procedures that literally change the way people see to embracing technologies that help their business run more efficiently, these ongoing technology advances will surely hit the optical industry first.
If your practice has an opportunity to grow, we invite you to use technology to seize it! We can help you spend your marketing budget more wisely, improve the effectiveness of your sales and marketing teams and help you eliminate lost leads. Technology will always be part of the medical industry; it’s time to make sure that your practice is ready to not only accept – but embrace these advancements. Give us a call today and we’ll help you get started.
Originally posted 2016-06-07 14:41:43.