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Five Hot Healthcare Innovations in 2013 and a Few to Look Out for in 2014
New technologies have the potential to disrupt the traditional & slow processes that are often ingrained in healthcare systems
By: Jared Jacobs
Dec. 15, 2013 03:30 PM
The ability to provide fast and accurate healthcare has always depended on having the latest technology and educating the relevant staff on how to best employ these new devices and applications. Throughout 2013, a number of innovations appeared in the industry, changing the way healthcare we administer and receive care.
New technologies have the potential to disrupt the traditional, slow, and ineffective processes that are often ingrained in the healthcare system. They have the potential to offer more security to meet stringent compliance requirements, streamline distribution, and get more consistency throughout a range of services. This year has seen some new technologies and trends that are having a real impact on the industry.
1. Access Management Solutions
Providers require an environment in which they can access everything they need from any device with a single sign-on. This significantly reduces a lot of the time-consuming actions that often interrupt workflow. These types of solutions provide quick and secure access to patient information, and can use everything from passwords to biometric authentication methods. This means response times and reduced confusion as staff try to access or re-access the necessary data and applications.
2. Cloud Computing and SaaS Alternatives
Many healthcare providers are looking for ways to shift their budgets away from capital investments (which can be quickly outdated) to options that provide a more immediate return on investment. Security remains a concern, but the benefits continue to attract more users.
3. Big Data
4. Personal Diagnosis
5. Personal Tracking
People are taking a more active role in their own health and fitness because these new tools are making it easier than ever.
Into 2014 and Beyond
How far will healthcare technology go? Can we leave it all up to the computers? At the 2013 Healthcare Innovation Summit, a technology-focused venture capitalist, Vinod Kholsa, suggested that maybe that could be a good thing. He thought that we could start relying solely on "dispassionate, data-driven technology" to improve diagnoses and patient outcomes. He said that "Technology can change the practice of medicine into the science of medicine." While it's unlikely we'll get to that point within the next few years, there are trends that certainly seem to point that way.
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