Technology companies in St. Louis are seeing a rise in the amount of technology used in the healthcare field. In fact the US government is said to be planning a 29 billion dollar spend in efforts to get healthcare providers to digitize records. This could be a good or bad thing depending on how it is handled.
Benefits could include,
- An ability to provide in depth analysis of a patients records in order to help with a more accurate diagnoses. Paper records are much harder to analyze and take more hands on time to manage.
- The ability of doctors and patients to have a digital relationship through online chart availability and scheduling. Also, the availability of doctors on social media could foster a more personal relationship as social media use continues to rise.
- Easy access for patients to track their health and well-being.
- Doctor’s ability to connect with each other to help solve healthcare issues.
Cons could include,
- The increased security risk of patient data being exposed. Things to discuss with your technology provider in regards to this are HIPPA and how to keep IT policies in place to protect patient data.
- The potential for insurance provider to more easily get their hands on your records sometimes driving healthcare costs up.
- The potential for data lose or system errors. The ability of your IT provider to get your data back up and running quickly is huge in this respect.
After reviewing some of the pros and cons of a more technology oriented healthcare system there is no doubt it will eventually shift in this direction. It is the job of tech companies to continually evolve to assure security of patient data. If you have any questions about technology solutions for healthcare please do not hesitate to contact us.