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What Is the Impact of Technology on Healthcare?

Published: January 16, 2023 | Updated: January 18, 2023
 

Technology has shaped virtually every aspect of daily life, from how you communicate to where you work. It also greatly impacts the delivery of healthcare, making it easier than ever for you to access your medical information and for your doctor to provide the best treatments possible. Health information technology has improved patient safety by reducing medication errors and improving compliance, and it helps with efficiencies. Here’s how healthcare and technology intersect for better patient care:

Healthcare Communication Is Improved Through Technology

Just like you text and chat through technology in your day-to-day life, so do healthcare professionals. Whether through email or text messages, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers can now use technology to communicate. But because of strict patient confidentiality rules, their communication methods need to be secure with HIPAA-compliant messaging. And the same rules apply when they communicate with patients.

Health Record Digitization Improves Efficiency, Accuracy, Safety, and Security

More than 85 percent of non-federal general hospitals have adopted electronic health records (EHRs), which makes it easier for physicians to share information with patients and other clinicians. Electronic medical records help ensure patient information is accurate, complete, well-organized, and up to date. Doctors can get your full health picture to better diagnose and treat your condition. Instead of illegible doctor’s notes and prescriptions, electronic documents are easy to read. And instead of relying on a patient’s memory about medications, caregivers can see what a patient takes and be sure to avoid adverse combinations. EHRs are also digitally protected and secured. Only the patient and authorized personnel can view health records.

Patient Portals Grant Easy Access for Healthcare

Before the digital age, you had to make multiple phone calls or travel from place to place to take care of your healthcare needs. Now, you can access everything through your patient portal. This online tool is really a website from your healthcare provider that you log into to schedule doctor appointments, pay medical bills, request referrals, refill subscriptions, and check your benefits. What used to take hours to complete can now be done in minutes with a few clicks of a button. An added benefit of patient portals is that you can access your medical information and your physician at any time of day.

Telemedicine Is Private and Convenient

During the pandemic, telemedicine became a popular option for patients who were homebound. With telemedicine, you can schedule remote doctor appointments via video conferencing. You can ask questions, receive important information, and be seen by your doctor, all from the comfort of your own home. Telemedicine was convenient during lockdown, and it’s become a viable option for patients who are immunocompromised or who live in rural areas. Research shows there are other benefits to telemedicine, including fewer missed appointments, greater clinical efficiency, and a greater access to physicians nationwide.

Technology Enables E-Prescriptions

Thanks to technology, doctors can now create e-prescriptions, which are sent directly to pharmacies via a secure software program. They speed delivery and help reduce errors. Pharmacists often have your prescription ready for you even before you’re done with your appointment! And e-prescribing alerts—that let physicians know about potential drug interactions—reduce prescribing errors.

Technology has greatly impacted the medical industry and it’s also had a positive effect on healthcare education. With a laptop and a willingness to learn, you could prepare for a career in healthcare with our online Bachelor of Science in Health Technology Management. This degree completion program is designed for those who have already completed an associate degree or significant coursework in a healthcare-related program. Call 888-200-9942 or fill out the form to learn more.