16 Sep Digital Healthcare Transformation
Digital Healthcare Transformation
The healthcare industry is transforming rapidly to meet the challenges caused by the COVID crisis, most of the change happening in the telemedicine dimension.
Indeed, the threat of contracting the virus that hangs over every public visit to the hospital and transportation in general has prompted medical and controlling institutions to rethink their “business” model not only regulations-wise but in terms of the general procedure just as much. The industry is switching from a direct contact in-patient treatment to a remote, outpatient priority approach, digitizing medical help wherever possible.
Unsurprisingly, technology is playing a key part in this process, with not only doctors adopting more and more software tools in their daily work, but more and more digital solutions appearing on the market at the same time.
From online appointment booking and e-cards to remote consultations, contact tracking apps, and tablets provided to in-patient care units for communicating with family members without physical contact – healthcare is turning digital on all frontiers. In fact, some of the EU nations have managed to drop the in-person first-case medical appointment rate down to 7% – with over 9 out of 10 consultations done remotely. More so, countries are developing state-backed contact tracing apps notifying those at risk of contacting a person with a confirmed COVID diagnosis – to contain the spread. All of this requires software, at that a reliable one, so medical application software development is gaining a huge momentum right now.
All that being the case, the transition is not as smooth as we’d wish for it to be, and the tech component is only partially to blame. The ever-present human factor did not spare digital transformation initiatives in the healthcare industry either, causing all sorts of unexpected difficulties. Like that, a lack of staff training and poor interoperability between medical institutions and departments, as well as insufficient computer resources in hospitals and the public’s frequent unwillingness to adopt digital healthcare solutions for privacy or other concerns – are among the main obstacles in the way of the industry’s prompt and successful transformation.
Nevertheless, the need to change as well the benefits of digitization is definitely greater than the challenges present right now, and the global healthcare system is getting closer to the desired safety level with each piece of software emerging to meet those challenges.
Want to learn more about the ways software helps the medical industry during the crisis? Hit us up and we’ll answer all of your questions!