2016 Tech Trends In Medicine

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Like every other industry medicine has not been left unscathed by the technological revolution. Everyday, new advances in software and equipment are providing new possibilities to hospitals. In 2016, we think these are the trends that you should expect to see sweeping across medical practices that you might be using.

 

Outsourcing

Outsourcing is the term for when companies shift services or jobs outside of their own business. Instead, they hire other businesses to complete these jobs for them. By doing this, they save a fortune and free up time and staff. You should expect to see a lot of outsourcing taking place in medical businesses this year. Lately, hospitals have been facing financial issues. Even private practices have felt the strain on their funds. Now, the situation is starting to improve, but it’s still not enough. Medical companies have to look for ways to cut their costs. Outsourcing is the solution. Outsourcing tech services can be used to make sure that the calls of patients are always answer, even if there are no doctors on call. If you ring up a medical practice in 2016, expect to speak to an outsource company answering patient calls for physicians.

Cloud Storage

We bet you didn’t realise that medical practices are using cloud technology. But when you think about it, this starts to make perfect sense. Medical practices have to store a huge amount of patient data. It also needs to be easy to access for their staff while remaining completely secure. Cloud servers are now providing the answer that doctors have long been long for. Cloud networks are the safest way to store data and allow easy transferrals. You may not see it. But we guarantee behind the desk as you walk in a hospital, receptionists on staff will be accessing the cloud, looking for your information.

Patient Devices

Wearable tech is all the rage this year. Last year we saw the release of the Apple Watch as well as a whole host of other similar pieces of tech. This year, VR technology will take the world by storm with wearable classes. But how does this relate to medical health care? This year, you should expect to see more medical staff using wearable tech to help patients. This might be a device to record and track heart rate. Or, make sure that parents who need to are exercising to lose weight. This type of tech is going to help doctors provide a better level of care to their patients.

Gamifying

Many patients struggle to complete the goals they need to when improving their condition. This might be people who are suffering from chronic diseases. Or perhaps those who have given up on the treatment they are being offered. Now new technology is gamifying treatment. It’s exactly how it sounds. The goals are set up as a game to complete and you can expect this to be used a lot more. Particularly when helping younger patients recover.

We hope you found this article interesting. We’ve seen a lot of advances in tech that have affected the medical industry. But you can be the greatest developments are yet to come.

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