Recent advances in medical technologies are changing the way healthcare providers are offering services. From remote checkups to personal monitoring devices and remote emergency medical dispatchers, these advances will have an impact on the way people receive healthcare and related services now and in the near future.
- Needleless Diabetic Care: Diabetics are used to poking themselves with needles on a frequent basis to check blood sugar levels and perform insulation injections. This new technology will replace having to use needles to check blood sugar levels. The device attaches to the skin and monitors blood sugar levels by collecting data and sending it to a remote processor. The remote processor tracks readings over time and alerts patients whenever an insulation injection is necessary.
- Digestible Sensors: This new device is a small sensor that is able to be programmed based upon the type of test, data, or other information needed. Rather than having to sit through numerous tests and procedures, the patient simply swallows the small sensor and it goes to work. The sensor collects data and feeds the results back to a computer, tablet, or smartphone for review by the physician. The devices are battery free and draw energy right from the human body.
- Online Portals: Doctors and patients are able to better manage healthcare through online portals. Patients have access to their medical records and can report changes to their primary care physician online without a need to visit the office. Their doctor can review the information and determine when an in-office visit is required. Do keep in mind, portals should never be used for medical emergencies.
- 3D Printers: As advances continue to be made with 3D printers, it is possible to print biological materials and use these in the healthcare industry. One potential application for this new technology is using skin cells to print skin for burn victims. Another one is to use 3D printers to print replacement parts for organs, or even the entire organ itself, reducing the long wait lists for organ donations. In addition, the technology can be used to study various diseases and illness by printing replicas of infected cells, such as cancer cells, and discovering how diseased cells grow and spread.
As new medical technologies and devices become more available, you are sure to want to experiment with them in your hospital, medical facility, or practice. To ensure you have plenty of time to properly utilize the technology for your patients, you should consider outsourcing your administrative and telephone answering to a medical answering service.
Using an external service not only frees up your time, but also ensures your practice is delivering consistent quality care for each and every patient. To learn more about customizable medical answering services for your healthcare business, contact Signius Communications today, and speak to one of our representatives by phoning 800-295-7000.