An App a Day, Keeps Human Doctor Away!
Sometimes, trying to get a doctor’s appointment can be difficult. The idea of being able to simply log on to your laptop and chat with your doctor online is an appealing one. It means no more waiting for days for an appointment and no hanging on the phone. You can simply chat with a medical professional from the comfort of your own home.
Healthcare gets smarter
The healthcare system is starting to look more and more like managed care. The goal now is to actually keep people out of the hospital, away from the doctor and away from the emergency department, because that is really expensive. Healthcare is moving away from the physical buildings of hospitals and offices and into everyday life where people live, work and play.
To turn this concept into a reality, many high-tech firms have already started developing apps, which promise major payoffs when fully implemented.
- Virtual Health – Patients can connect with doctors via smart devices for a video chat or virtual visit, in the process entering information about their condition that special apps immediately transmit to the care provider.
- Healthcare in the cloud – Health organizations eager to stay current with the pace of digital change need access to the latest infrastructure, platform and software solutions. In many cases, this requires a “pay-as-you-go” approach involving IT delivery models where the hardware and software reside remotely on the cloud.
- Virtual health display – This technology could be used when the patient and physician are not in close proximity, potentially providing the doctor with important patient information at the corner of his or her eye.
Barriers to eHealthcare –
- Rapid integration – To facilitate virtual interaction between patients and healthcare providers, integration among electronic medical records, high-speed internet devices, infrastructure components like cloud and security is very critical.
- Healthcare talent – To be successful in the healthcare domain, it is crucial to bring people on board with deep expertise in different branches of medicine.
- Government regulations – Government may regulate the use of medical devices and connected data systems, and its approval or clearance processes can be daunting.
Meeting the health needs of today’s aging populations requires the kind of out-of-the-box thinking. Communications and high-tech companies clearly have opportunities to accelerate the development of connected healthcare solutions and then pilot and commercialize the most compelling offerings. However, achieving the required levels of impact and credibility will take time. Sales cycles are long, and winning the regulatory approvals required for patient-facing solutions can take years.
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