The latest Tech trend appears to be wearable technology and it is already creating a buzz with consumers looking to show off their flashy gadget. Similarly to the cell phone and tablet, the world watches as the widespread business adoption of this life changing technology takes hold. While there are many industries that have been impacted in a positive way, there is no industry greater impacted than Healthcare.
While Healthcare is often not an early adopter to new technology we are already seeing this mobility adoption in hospitals. New medical devices, coupled with high performing applications, are enabling better patient care and a healthier society. All of these breakthroughs are at a great benefit to the patient as more devices and apps breed collaboration and the analysis of the mountains of patient data we are collecting.
Globally, telehealth technology is being used to provide patients with specialty care. According to a recent HIMSS Study 70 percent of surveyed healthcare leaders say that clinicians at their organizations use mobile technology to view patient data.
It is also estimated that 17 million consumer grade wearable devices will ship this year, placing these monitoring tools directly in the hands of the patient. And with the deployment of strong wireless networks, hospitals are supporting a holistic mobile-enabled patient care-experience that is providing strides in medical advancement.
Doctors are leveraging technology to conduct online consultations, or “online check up’s” based on information that is being sent to them directly from the mobile medical devices in their home. Common household items such as scales, blood pressure cuffs, and thermometers now have an ip address and are beaming your health information to a doctor who is able to monitor your well-being from their cell phone or other device.
It is not just about becoming more mobile, it is about improving patient care and well-being that are driving hospitals to invest heavily in wearable and mobile healthcare technology. Government compliance, a reduced budget, and a possible reduction in staff are other drivers for hospitals to become more efficient. By seeing patients via the web, clinicians can increase the number of patients they see by 1/3. As a result, patient satisfaction is up! According to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research institute study, 41% of patients would prefer more of their care delivered to their mobile devices.
The world of healthcare is ever changing! Stay tuned!