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Next generation medical technology: what’s the impact for healthcare?

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User experience and patient engagement are the highest priority goals that health systems and hospitals plan to achieve. Information Technology helps caregivers treat their patients and help them accomplish this goal. And the next generation of IT will offer new and better tools and approaches to help caregivers save money on equipment and diagnose diseases more efficiently.

Get to know more about the benefits that future medical technology brings to this field.

Artificial and Predictive Intelligence

Next generation medical technology will strategically use artificial and predictive intelligence to create an authentic consumer experience.

Predictive technology can be used to drive consumer retention, engagement, and outreach. Artificial intelligence will help organizations by giving their consumers automated assistants and self-service communities. This will result in expedient answers and fewer touch points.

Increased Job Openings

Medical technology does not just affect the quality of your life, but also the lives of millions of medical students and professionals who are training to become medical experts. In truth, there are investments made within the healthcare technology field that provide thousands of high-end jobs.

For example, new career choices such as MRI technologists, surgical technologists, or EEG technologies are not uncommon these days. In fact, these occupations are on the rise and have a salary average between $40,000-$60,000, making them good long-term professional tracks.

Also, bioengineering jobs are steadily increasing. Even if we look in the IT sector, we can see some examples of the growing relationship between healthcare and technology.

Inventory Management

Hospitals are using inventory management systems to help manage their equipment. For instance, electronically tagged equipment can be tracked and will notify security if the equipment is removed from the facility.

Typical tracked equipment include cameras, balloon pumps, infusion pumps, pacemakers, and vital sign monitors. It can be hard to imagine that pacemakers would have to be tracked, but as often the case, the truth can be stranger than fiction.

Asset tracking can be used to help experts find where is something inside a room. It is like knowing that your keys are next to the television, instead of an unknown location in the house. And it reduces the frustration and search times that goes with finding the medical equipment.

Hospitals can use asset tracking technology to anticipate when the equipment will come back in service. As a result, hospitals can measure efficiency and determine if their equipment is meeting their patient’s needs.

Patient Tracking

In addition to asset tracking, hospitals can receive benefits from tracking their patients. Physicians and use real-time locator services to find the exact location of the patient, the patient’s condition in a particular procedure, and determine if they need to be moved to another facility.

This technology increases the “situational awareness” of a hospital. For example, it can determine how much exercise they need after a total knee arthroscopy. This information can be used to improve recovery times and ensure that the patient is safe throughout the treatment process.

Thanks to IT technology, the health industry has made a lot of positive changes. As it continues to develop, it has been easier to find used medical supplies, assist with emergency procedures, and reduce the patient’s staying time in the hospital. Ultimately, we expect to see more advances in health technology as our society continues to progress and make developments.

24 y/o, born and living in Portugal. Majored in Biology, but tech and computers were always a passion. Wrote for sites like Windows.Appstorm and MakeTechEasier.

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