As our world successfully transitions from a pandemic to endemic stage, the healthcare industry remains largely unpredictable. At the same time, innovation, digitalization, networking, and accessibility have worked together to change the face of the healthcare sector. Organizations that invested in technologies are comparatively well prepared to deliver high-level services and patient care without being significantly affected by these changes. Digital technologies have made it possible for healthcare organizations to adapt, respond, and move more quickly in the face of the unknown.
The five tips below are worth noting for strengthening the healthcare setting, as we all strive to become more agile and better prepared for the next crisis.
- Create a Frictionless Experience
Like other industries, healthcare has shifted towards a customer-focused model where personalization and relevancy matter. Patients are increasingly demanding to meet with providers via telemedicine, with accompanying online portals for managing all aspects of their health. Patient portals create a more convenient and easier way to access medical records. When it does become necessary to visit a provider in person, patients expect a one-stop visit rather than five separate visits.
Requirements to create a frictionless experience:
- An on-premises system with cloud-based applications
- Interconnected ecosystem for data to flow in real time
- Automated data sharing between systems and business processes
- Digital Transformations
No industry has remained untouched when it comes to digital transformation. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, some healthcare providers hadn’t felt enough urgency to implement digital technologies. Today, however, the healthcare industry has reached a point where it must leverage both, new and existing technologies to achieve greater digital transformation. This can take significant time and effort, and therefore requires significant initiatives to ensure alignment with end goals while also demonstrating value along the way.
Significant initiatives required for digital transformations:
- Standardization of care processes
- Implementation of population health programs
- Integration of care across multiple venues
- Creation of digital front-door capabilities
- Implementation of telehealth
- Cloud-Based Technologies and Analytics
Cloud computing has transformed how the healthcare industry functions. The impact of the cloud in healthcare extends beyond an advanced method of storing health information. It is also about enabling the right care, at the right place, and at the right time. Considering the current healthcare scenario, leaders are increasingly looking for solutions that not only help enable faster and easier adoption of new capabilities, but also provide a secure, integrated, and expansive foundation to support a patient’s journey across healthcare settings and can evolve to keep up with the changing needs of tomorrow.
- Data Integrations
The healthcare industry is witnessing an explosion in data from connected devices like home-monitoring sensors and wearables. As data volume increases, so does the need for data management. This is where data integration comes into play. With the interoperability of applications, information, data, and technologies, a cohesive platform connects broken data management processes such as data collection, storage, integration, and analysis. Additionally, platforms such as iPatientCare, offer a 360o view of a patient’s healthcare journey for effective decision making.
- Predictive Analytics
The use of predictive analytics in the healthcare industry is expected to become more prevalent and advanced in the coming years. Health IT providers are developing their own analytics engines to help healthcare providers deliver excellent care across the care continuum. Some are even partnering with healthcare institutions to build proprietary algorithms with an aim at improving clinical care, administrative performance, and operational efficiency. In alignment, healthcare leaders are keen to partner with health technology companies who can cater to a broad range of areas including specialized healthcare management services, guidance for data analysis, access to innovative technology, and mass customization.
The enormous potential of predictive analytics includes:
- Helping identify patients at risk for chronic conditions
- Developing evidence-based best practices
- Proactively spotting probable obstacles to care plan adherence
On a larger scale, it can enable health systems to identify and understand larger trends, leading to improved population health strategies.
The necessity to effectively address the healthcare crisis has boosted the adoption of healthcare software solutions worldwide. Patient expectations have also greatly evolved. For medical practices and other businesses in the healthcare sector, these areas can become a true game-changer.
If you’re looking for a technology partner that can help you stay ahead of the curve, iPatientCare can help. As an integrated application suite, iPatientCare delivers robust healthcare technology; our products and solutions are specially designed for new-age healthcare, which is both cost-effective and timesaving. We continue to develop our technology to meet the evolving needs of the ever-changing healthcare system.
Contact us today to learn more about how our solutions can help you strengthen your healthcare organization.