NewTechnological Trends in Healthcare
NewTechnological Trends in Healthcare
Therate through which technology is growing in health care is affectingboth the physicians and patients both positively and negativelyespecially the use of mobile apps to access healthcare. However, theissues of new trends in health care have resulted in new practicaltools in healthcare such as the use of mobile phones to seek medicaladvice when someone seeks and cannot access hospitals facilities(Freeetal.,2013).The main trends that are emerging in health care include patients`empowerment over their personal care, hospitals moving to a morevalue-based systems and models of used in healthcare servicedelivery, and use of technologies that are aimed at reducing thecosts of general healthcare through the enactment of the Affordablecare Act this is common in the United States. For example, there arepowered applications that are cloud enabled and can be used throughmobile devices to access the online stored heath information. As aresult, there is upped the ante and accelerated the pace inhealthcare technological growth and development.
Emergingtrends that might influence the use of mobile applications inhealthcare
Theemerging of fast mobile technologies and the introduction of sensorsin healthcare might influence the effectiveness of mobileapplications in healthcare. However, the introduction of mobileapplications that guide both the patients and physicians on symptomsof a disease and treatment plan is a double-edged sword for most ofthe healthcare facilities. This is because the technology has enabledpatient seek for medical advisers with ease thus cutting short thecosts of medical care and empower the patients however, medicalregulatory and various medical concerns are challenged because apatient may seek advice from the apps and make his or her conclusionsabout a disease and medications to take without consulting aphysician to avoid the challenge, the mobile apps must be updatednow and then to meet the demands caused by technological revolutions.
Factorsinfluencing this trend in healthcare
Almost95 percent of the patients have access to mobile phones and theinternet including the minors. As a result, the essence of havingmobile applications for healthcare is to make life easier for boththe patients and the medical practitioners. Additionally, theunavailability of internal resources in hospitals for the patientshas contributed to the development of technologies that are effectivefor the patients.
Secondly,most of the healthcare facilities are striving to have healthcarereforms that offer physical practices despite having a shortage ofphysicians, and poor leadership in healthcare through the provisionof health information technologies that is accessible using mobiledevices. Lastly, the use of mobile devices in healthcare makes iteasy to address the core problems that face both patients anddoctors this means that healthcare applications used today offerrelatively improved solutions in healthcare services delivery thisis possible both now and in the future.
Itis evident that the use of mobile technology in healthcare carriesimmense risk especially when patients are using sensitiveapplications in healthcare. The main challenges facing the managersin healthcare is that it is hard to know how the use of mobiletechnology has affected regulatory and compliance regulations inhealthcare, especially HIPAA compliance (Hameed,2003).Additionally, the use of mobile apps has compromised the securityissues concerning the use of cloud computing this is because thereis no privacy and regulatory compliances are not addressed throughthe use of mobile devices. This call for inputs from all thestakeholders across the healthcare facilities because it managerialchallenges that need be addressed.
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