The Future Trends in Healthcare
“Health care trends refer to statistical patterns identified in the health care industry. Government authorities and other industries examine and use trends to preserve or enhance the health and wellness of those in the community” (ehow, 2012).The health care industry has seen many advances and improvements in recent years and this trend will continue because of advances in technologies, diseases, medications and many more. “Health care trends allow analysts to identify what is currently going on and prepare for what will happen in the future. Trends are used as a means of creating projections. For instance, studying of the growing population of baby boomers and their medical conditions or medical issues like cancers, heart diseases, acute and chronic respiratory diseases, and many other health conditions are continue to rise. These continued growths will require quality improvements of new information system implementation that allow customer satisfaction and save money and time for everyone. The significance and need of quality that is enhanced came so far that the health system could be monitored for the six goals of safe patient care such as specific care catered or centered on the patient, timely scheduling of deliverance of care, equitable care, affordable and effective services, and efficient patient care. The purpose of this paper is to describe and discuss about the importance of the future trends in health care. This entire paper will cover these topics such as: •
As an external delivery source in communicating patient specific information, •
Distance delivery and the impact on health care,
Informational technologies such as e-mail, telemedicine and electronic transfer of records use in health care, •
The assessment of how these issues impact health care today and in the future. Communication processes in health care have experienced dramatic changes through use of electronic means of communication. Over the past twenty years, there are significant progress has been made by the informatics community in developing a systematic approach to health IT. Today healthcare achieved many advances in machine level communication infrastructure such as Health Level Seven (HL7), Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED), etc. These advances made to create electronic records and electronic clinical decision support systems. These milestones are vital in the standardization and growth of telemedicine applications (American Telemedicine Association, 2006). However, today the federal government has made a wide range decision on accelerating the deployment of health IT systems. According to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2006, the purpose behind the act from President George W. Bush that concerned about the adoption of electronic recordings of specific medical information in January 2004. The purpose of electronic recordings was to develop a system (interoperable), whereby, all records of health could be linked allowing connections for patients, providers, and payers to maintain privacy (American Telemedicine Association, 2006). “Electronic medical records are a trend that started in recent years and will continue as technology progresses in the future. Electronic medical records are expected to eventually replace the current paper-based patient medical record system. According to the CDC, 38 percent of physicians currently have switched to an electronic medical record system and this number is expected to continue to grow in the future”( ehow, 2012). After the electronic records, the purpose of clinical decision support system which mainly provides clinicians, staff, patients, and other individuals with knowledge and person-specific information, logically filtered and presented at appropriate times, to improve health and health care. To improve quality of health care Electronic clinical support systems provide four key functions. These functions are:...
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