In today's high-speed, interconnected, Internet-driven world, the health care industry lags frustratingly behind. For patients that require extensive care, hospitals must be on-point – after all, someone's health is on the line. In order for healthcare providers to serve patients better, they need to examine their current practices and determine where they can make upgrades.
For many hospitals, their technology and equipment should be the first priority. With the amount of platforms and devices that are now widely available, there is little reason for even small centers to neglect in the newest platforms. The benefits – saving lives and providing comfort – far outweigh the costs.
"For many hospitals, their technology and equipment should be the first priority."
Health centers integrate new technologies
Fortunately, there are a number of burgeoning platforms that hospitals can use to improve their services. Plus, many of these technologies can be interconnected to create a comprehensive network.
Hospitals consider a systemic approach to technology
Health care does not begin at the hospital. Ideally, patients – at least the ones with significant problems – should be able to access their physicians, nurses and centers whenever they need to without having to live in the hospital. That's why some health providers are examining ways to track health remotely and bring patients in at the push of a button.
According to Forbes, hospitals envision a world in which smart devices can correspond with online scheduling tools, Uber, and the centers themselves to provide fast, easy transportation for patients who need immediate care. By creating a type of health care workflow in which each device communicates with the others virtually, hospitals can get to more patients and avoid scheduling mishaps.
Apple HealthKit reaches hospitals
While the above solution is not quite feasible, one technology is already available at a number of health providers. Apple's HealthKit allows hospitals to remotely monitor patients and already 14 of 23 hospitals contacted by Reuters have implemented the service. HealthKit gives physicians better access to m