Medical Science is something which is growing at a very fast pace. For noting down the diagnosis, the doctor no more requires a pen and paper. Even the words “Electronic Health Records” are not new to the today’s world, but the upcoming trends of Electronic Health Records (EHR) or Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are interesting.
Even the medical trends like gamification, wearable, telemedicine, mobile medicine and 3D printing are now old concepts, but their modifications are some of the amazing thing to witness. Science will never reach its peak as the sky’s the limit and nothing can stop it. 3D printing has changed the medical technology to an extreme level by creating custom prosthetic, surgical implants and bio-printed tissue. Experts say that the world is soon going to see 3D printed drugs too.
While one discusses about the most emerging trends in EMR-EHR, the person cannot miss talking about the following:
Everything is in the cloud
With the cloud technology, keeping medical records are much cheaper and easier to access. As per technologists, nothing is more portable than cloud as it only requires a computer or a smartphone with internet connection in it. Research has informed that the on-premise EHR can cost about $40,000 to set up, but the cloud-based EHR infrastructure and maintenance costs include its monthly charges just missing the high startup costs, are still lesser than the in-house EHR.
The common benefits of cloud-based EHR include the security factors, privacy, cost effectiveness, accessibility, reduced It requirements, better continuity of care, easier updates and improvements to software and the most amazing plus point is that it is customizable according to choices.
Providing patient portals
Another most growing trend is the patient portals. It is something which helps the medical practitioners in increasing the quality of the patient care and in reducing medical errors. While a group of people was educating the patients about the procedure of using the portal, they informed that the people are interested in using a medical portal to engage themselves directly to the physicians. This helps them to track their medical history, receive education materials, medical advices and patient support.
The portals provide some interesting features such as prayers for patients, direct access to their medical records, personalized health reminders and total health programs such as personalized diet charts, exercise lists, and medicinal guidance.
Telemedicine is the new medical tool
The dictionary defines telemedicine as the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by using telecommunications technology. Experts clearly mentioned the benefits of this new medical tool like that with this the medical practitioners can easily give care to remote and homebound patients in a much-reduced cost of care while eliminating the risk factors of picking up new illnesses in a clinical care setting and providing more flexibility to providers.
Reports suggested that the newly medicinal tool is currently helping recovering stroke patients in many rural areas of the United States of America. The adoption of wearable is helping doctors to provide better patients care through telemedicine. And Transparency Market Research has estimated that the valuation of global video telemedicine market would rise to $1,624.4 million by the end of 2020.
Building trust on the influx of data is the most important factor
There is nothing more important in optimizing in operation through EHR than building the trust on the data that is being captured as there is always a major connection between trust, data, and value-based healthcare. Experts suggest that nothing can be an ideal opportunity than building a bridge between the healthcare providers and technology companies. The most important part is filling the gap with trust between the insurance partners as without that the stakeholders would not be willing to make data accessible for one’s practice that will ultimately lead to various issues.
Security remains the main concern
The world is developing at a rapid speed, and so is the medical technology. With technological advancements, EHR is improving itself, but the security concerns are increasing too. As per some old reports, a data breach costs an organization of an average total of $3.8 billion. It was reported that the 49 percent breaches in the U.S are the result of criminal attack rather than human error or a system glitch. Experts commented that cyber-attacks might come from outside an organization, but the executives of the hospital itself are concerned about the security vulnerabilities created by the employees. As reported by Fierce Healthcare, “Nearly 60 percent of breaches in the month of February were the result of insider threats. According to the most recent Protenus Breach Barometer Report, 44 percent of incidents in March were triggered by insiders.”
EHR is no more unknown to the people, but the modifications within that are. It’s improving living conditions and better healthcare facilities. Investors might find it interesting that this sector is a growing sector and new changes are always accepted. By the same time, it is also important to note that though all these trends are growing, it still requires too much attention and massive developmental investments.