According to recent research, by 2020, the health care industry is expected to see a 21% increase in jobs available in the IT sector. The demand for creative, effective uses of health informatics, cloud systems, mobile technology, and digital diagnostics, is rapidly increasing throughout all health care sectors. In one of his studies, Elly Kleinman, current CEO and founder of Americare Companies, identifies the biggest emerging technologies that he believes will change the practice of nursing.
As healthcare costs continue to rise, government and insurance companies put more emphasis on controlling costs. They ask for more efficient and manageable execution of everyday tasks. While advancements in medical technology have improved patient care, they often come with a high price tag, and are even believed to be a principal cause of the rising cost of healthcare.
Still, there is no doubt that technology can help us deliver care that is more efficient, cost-effective and, most importantly, of high quality. For example, post-operative care traditionally has patients recovering in the hospitals, so they can be monitored for any unwanted complications, and cared for until they are able to manage for themselves at home.
But, because hospital care is so expensive, insurance companies encourage doctors to discharge patients sooner. And while this may reduce the immediate cost, there is a bigger chance that patients will have complications and return to the hospital, making the cost-saving effort ineffective. According to Kleinman, Americare’s lead person, this is where hi- tech tools need to step up.
Thanks to the recent developments in telecommunications and remote monitoring technology, now there is a chance to provide a bridge between hospitals and the homes. Robotic systems such as video and audio, allow physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals to visit patients in their own homes, and provide the needed follow-up care. Besides being the less costly care setting, home is often medically beneficial for the patient.
Elly Kleinman is sure that technology will continue to play a significant role in the healthcare industry, and they will become a powerful tool for helping nurses become more efficient and effective. When properly applied, this can also help leverage strategic leadership and decision making.