Information technology has made advancements in every field. It has a strong impact on the health industry and has made it flourish. Technological advancements and the latest machinery have enabled many complex procedures to be carried out easily. It has saved the lives of many patients or improved their lifespan. It has enabled many advancements that come under Health Information Technology (HIT). The use of information technology on health care has a very positive impact on the health care industry with numerous benefits.
Benefits of using information technology on health care
Digital reading gadgets (Glucometers for sugar, digital blood pressure recorder, etc).
Diabetes and blood pressure are common illnesses. People usually visit nearby clinics to get these readings monitored. Glucometers and digital blood pressure examining devices are widely being used at home for regular monitoring.
Digital gadgets are very convenient and easy to use. Therefore, patients can themselves monitor their readings and adjust their medicine and food timings accordingly. This helps people know more about their health. For example, eat at proper times. Take medicines and required supplements as per their body readings.
However, a side effect of this is the constant usage of the devices. Patients may face psychiatric problems and repeatedly check their reading in case of any unpleasant feeling. Moreover, excess usage of needles to test blood sugar may numb the exposed skin.
Computerized examining results
Examination procedures have been upgraded due to the impact of information technology on health care. Specialized machinery and examination tools enables performing complex procedures easily. For example, MRI, and CT Scan can be carried out in the most basic hospitals also.
As a result, it has greatly eased the way to detect malfunctioning inside the body. In addition, the latest ultrasound scanning now shows 2D and 3D images in ultrasound reports. The procedure is mostly performed in mid-pregnancy and is referred to as the anomaly scan. It detects the physical development of the baby. Therefore, ensures proper medication is given beforehand if any anomaly is found.
Micro-sized examining cameras
Emergence in technology has enabled micro-sized cameras to be used for a health examinations. OptaSensor is the smallest digital camera with a high resolution. It can be used in medical endoscope applications. Therefore, it can pass through tiny vessels like bronchioles and arteries. As a result, this greatly helps to examine any hindrance in these vital vessels. It allows medical experts to perform required procedures accordingly.
Devices like the OptaSensor, ease medical procedures. They reduce surgical examinations. These procedures can be performed to confirm the problem. Reactive surgical procedures are done only if something is diagnosed.
Smart sensing devices are easing healthcare facilities. Wearables and smart beds allow patients to keep a record of their activity and body readings.
Therefore, smartphones and watches can record our daily steps and give pulse readings. In addition, they allow using medical applications and makes people stay updated or reach out for medical assistance easily.
Telehealth or telemedicine is the use of telecommunication technologies in the field of medicine. For example, video conferencing with your doctor. Online consultation or exchange of medical reports via email or Whatsapp.
It eases communication with a medical expert. In addition, it ensures availability and support at late hours or when accessibility to medical centers is not available.
Video conferencing has enabled major medical procedures to be carried out by normal individuals with the guidance of medical experts in emergencies.
Medical applications on smartphones
Numerous applications on smartphones provide medical services to individuals with a single tap. Doctors and nurses can be booked online for consultations or home check-ups. These applications portray the profile, education, and experience of doctors. Patients can choose a hospital or medical expert themselves.
Moreover, applications provide other medical services like ordering medicines or requesting ambulance service.
Digital health records
Patient records are now in computerized formats, all over the world. Therefore, patient’s history and all reports are stored this way.
Digital health records keep a track of patients’ health, medical conditions, medications, and doctors consulted date of visit or procedure. They keep an entire database for the patient.
In addition, they can be stored in the cloud and be accessible anytime and anywhere in the world.
Online records reduce the struggle to keep multiple files and search old records. They ensure entire data for the patient is kept secure in one place.
Electronic and online health care reports
People get important tests whose results are very vital for their health. In some remote areas, access and traveling to medical centers can be a big hassle. Online reports give help a lot in these cases.
A person can visit a link or portal and see their test results online. We can access the reports from wherever we are. This greatly cuts off the time to hospitals and allows access to medical reports at any time from any place.