The health care industry is on the forefront of technological development – a trend that benefits patients and providers alike. New technology gives those in need of care better access to facilities and doctors, even from remote areas. Similarly, offices benefit from better analytics and more efficient waiting room flow.
As new developments enter the fold, the industry will become more streamlined and hospitals will be able to provide better care for patients. Small health offices should embrace technology in an effort to compete with bigger providers and offer enhanced patient service.
Electronic records have huge savings potential
A new Juniper Research report showed that electronic health records (EHRs) could save the healthcare industry as much as $78 billion over the next five years, according to Healthcare IT News. The report indicated that EHRs are indispensable as the supporting infrastructure for a number of digital healthcare and mobile health projects.
"Advanced EHRs will provide the 'glue' to bring together the devices, stakeholders and medical records in the future connected healthcare environment," said Anthony Cox, Juniper Research associate analyst and author of the new report. Cox also explained that healthcare workers have become noticeably more involved in digital healthcare over the last two years.
The movement toward digital healthcare is supported by two trends: for one, regulatory boards have embraced the development and are imposing less rigorous restrictions on digital healthcare providers; for another, popular programs like Apple's HealthKit and Samsung's SAMI have brought mobile healthcare to the masses.
Samsung health tracker gets an upgrade
Electronics giant Samsung held its second annual developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, in which the company announced a number of upgrades and opportunities, according to Fierce Wireless. One development came in the form of improvements to Samsung's Simband health tracker. The platform measures its user's biometric data like blood flow, heart rate and skin temperature, and stores that data on SAMI, its cloud-based database. The upgrades improve the band's censors and accuracy. The Simband is not a consumer product, but a reference platform – Samsung released its API and SDK to developers.
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