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The Future Of Healthcare & It’s Tranformation

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The pressure to ensure accessibility, affordability, quality and sustainability, while leveraging technology in healthcare, will be on in the coming year.

As healthcare moves into the future, the quest for quality and affordability continues to be the key driver for transformation.Traditional healthcare is often said to be more “disease-care” than “healthcare”, with healthcare systems focusing on caring for the sick, expanding and improving infrastructure, and figuring out long-term financing for healthcare in an aging population. Increasingly, both medical science as well as consumers are recognizing that prevention is better than cure, especially for chronic diseases.

There has also been a overabundance of health and wellness apps – from nutrition apps to fitness trackers monitored by wearable sensors – that support this shift.Such technology not only monitors and offers insights on a person’s physiological status, but also recommends nearby healthy eateries and food selections, fitness-related events as well as exercise facilities.

This places personal health and preventative care rightfully back into the individual’s hands, shifting the outcome towards a more active and healthier community.

Health care’s resistance to transform is likely bolstered by concerns about patient data privacy, a dependence on highly specialized skills, professional ethics and a traditional emphasis on the human touch in the practice of medicine.

In Singapore, all hospitals have gone digital to a large extent, and the Government is encouraging nursing homes and GP (general practitioner) clinics across the island to follow suit.

With an Electronic Medical Record system, real-time Integrated Health Information Systems and an automated inpatient pharmacy already implemented, the next step for hospitals will be widespread tele­health services for discharged patients and the elderly in the community.

Robotics customized for the healing environment can improve patient care while relieving manpower shortages, and provide a better working environment.With everything including life-support systems hyper-connected in the Internet of Things (Io T) , cyber security will become of utmost importance.

In order to adapt to societal needs, modern healthcare professionals need to be well-educated in the management of technological capabilities and deliver patient-centric solutions.

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Next Generation Health Professionals

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The next generation of nurses and others in health care fields will have to be quick-thinking, efficient and able to handle multiple disciplines.Nurses, especially, will have to take on more administrative roles as demand increases for registered nurses along with increasing acuity levels in hospitals — and more patients. Technology will teach them to work in interdisciplinary teams. That is the reality of the new employment experience for them. They won’t be isolated as much as they once were.

Nursing students will be trained for increasingly intricate electronic aspect of health care. The ongoing investment in pricey technology — one of the mannequins, for example, cost a quarter of a million dollars — is part of administrators’ commitment to supply a stream of prepared health care workers for the in-demand field. Employment in that field is projected to increase by almost 60 percent between 2012 and 2022, according the most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program. There  has been steady growth in the health care industry over the past decade, according to information from the bureau, and is expected to add nearly 3.5 million jobs between 2012 and 2022. The bureau attributes the anticipated need to an aging population. The key area for growth is informatics. Nurses are working with a lot more information. The field of genetics is opeinign new doors for nurses. They could be researchers, or work with pharmaceutical companies. The two-year curriculum at the Conemaugh School of Nursing combines evidence-based nursing education and state-of-the-art clinical practicum in a Level 1 trauma medical center and an advanced primary stroke center. Students also gain experience in a medical skills learning lab, one of 58 nationally accredited simulation labs.

Futuristic Wearable Tech For Your Health

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Healthcare and Technology

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Government incentives are the reason so many healthcare organizations and hospitals are embracing EMR technology to obtain the goals needed for meaningful use objectives. Hospitals are now installing systems capable of  of data comparison and forecasting. Clinical intelligence is not just producing a result it can interpret these results, trend them, and then provide predictions for the likelihood of the patients continued improvement or decline. This information can give an immediate feel for the patients well-being and can alert to potential critical situations before  they occur.  Other industries already rely on data mining to forecast consumer behavior for their target populations. Their technology tools are no longer incomplete, inaccurate systems of tape drives and archived data relating only to customers’ names and telephone numbers. Instead, they are large data repositories containing information relating to every facet of what a known customer does in relation to the product offered. Hospitals are now installing systems capable of this level of data comparison and forecasting.

What does this mean?

 Healthcare is gearing up to begin leveraging this same pool of information that traditional businesses use for actionable insights and decision making. The trend is nurse informaticists and  higher education offering medical informatics programs. The production of  leaner markets and tougher competition among healthcare providers and the race for better information will increase. Clinical data and business intelligence will coincide with healthcare and the business of healthcare. Prevention and intervention with immediate bedside reporting on multiple pieces of data will empower nursing with information to improve the patients’ health or prevent onset of a critical decline. This information will ultimately be the difference between who will and who will not have the ability to provide better nursing and hospital care and therefore continue to stay in the healthcare business.

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