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How IT is Streamlining the Healthcare Sector

February 5, 2019 No Comments

Featured article by Lora Young, Independent Technology Author

Health 1 300x199 How IT is Streamlining the Healthcare Sector

Technology’s value towards healthcare remains an important point of discussion, especially as new innovations in the field are helping healthcare institutions, clinics, and medical facilities in significant ways.

Sure enough, as new trends in IT development emerge, it has become crucial for stakeholders in the healthcare industry to be made aware of the latest disruptions within the field. In this sense, it’s important to stay abreast of the latest developments in IT that provide healthcare institutions the capacity for effective service deliveries.

Let’s look at how IT will be shaping healthcare within the next few years.

1. The role of cloud services and big data

Businesses and other larger institutions will have to adapt to a tech environment where success depends on how much data you are capable of handling. With cloud services at the forefront, big data will definitely help hospitals and other healthcare institutions manage their databases and ensure productivity growth.

Many of these institutions are already maintaining electronic health records, which are also migrated to the cloud. Sure enough, healthcare institutions are investing heavily in cloud computing as a more efficient way of maintaining a large archive of records on patients and cases.

2. Availability of online courses

In terms of education and capacity building, the IT industry has provided avenues where individuals can acquire specific skills. For instance, people can undergo basic first responders’ training through online classes. Workplace safety courses are also offered by accredited online schools while occupational therapy courses through distance learning programs leverage IT as a means of finding interested students.

For sure, with the ease and convenience that online education provides, we are set to see this sector of the IT industry grow further as new technologies are introduced year after year.

3. The popularity of healthcare apps

Nowadays, you can’t think of an activity that doesn’t need an app. One thing’s for sure, there are currently millions of developers that are producing apps for specific industries including healthcare. Nowadays, there are apps that cater towards certain niches such as health monitoring and doctor-patient communication. Such technologies have provided significant leverage to healthcare institutions along the lines of cost-efficiency and productivity.

Sure enough, the popularity of healthcare apps will further spur an increase in spending and usage. It’s also very likely that the app development arena will open up new markets based on demand.

4. Emphasis on data security

Despite these developments, however, data security is still an essential aspect of healthcare technology. This is primarily due to new threats brought about by identity thieves, fraudsters, as well as state-sanctioned hackers.

As privacy and security remain critical issues in the healthcare field, it has become essential for clinics, hospitals, and private practice doctors to adopt mitigating measures that will prevent essential documents and records from falling into the wrong hands. In this case, there has been an ever-increasing demand for VPN and data encryption that help prevent costly data breaches from happening.

 

APPLICATION INTEGRATION, CLOUD COMPUTING, DATA and ANALYTICS , HEALTH IT, SECURITY, SOCIAL BUSINESS

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