Healthcare has evolved so much over the years and with information technology being an important cog in the machine that healthcare is, it has changed drastically over the recent years. Using the power of information technology to drive healthcare forward has helped elevate the level of healthcare we receive today.
We all know that information technology has played an important role in healthcare especially in the recent past. It has changed the way healthcare is provided to people and has made it not only more efficient, but also cheaper and more reliable. The impact of healthcare information technology is far and wide. Let’s delve a little deeper and see where exactly healthcare information technology has been the most impactful.
Overcoming Demand-Supply of Physicians
Over the next decade or two we’re going to see a shortfall in the number of primary care physicians required to service the aging American (and world) population. Thanks to the advancements in healthcare information technology, we’ll see the impact of this shortfall in primary care physicians reduce by anywhere from 4% to 7% with more nurses and physician assistants being able to carry out a part of the job delegated to them by the primary care physician.
Remotely Delivering Healthcare
This is probably the most revolutionary change that information technology has brought about in healthcare. Today, a doctor thousands of miles away can remotely assess, diagnose and even treat a patient. This wasn’t possible a couple of decades ago but thanks to information technology this is now possible and is making healthcare accessible to millions of patients worldwide that wouldn’t have otherwise seen the benefits of healthcare. This not only increases the coverage of healthcare in remote areas but also ensures that these people get quality healthcare at a very reasonable cost thanks to the fact that the physicians don’t have to travel all the way to these remote locations and it also saves them a ton of time by not having to travel to the patients.
Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
Another major impact that healthcare information technology has had is that medical records have been made electronic. This helps in maintaining the track record of a person’s medical history which allows for better diagnosis and treatment of diseases. EHRs have been widely adopted in developed countries, but are yet to gain traction in developing countries. With the adoption of EHRs picking up rapidly we can see healthcare improving further in the future.
Information technology has played a pivotal role in transforming healthcare into what it is today. The aforementioned points are only the tip of the iceberg. Information technology has touched upon a lot more aspects and will continue to do so in the future as well.