Preparing For The Future Direction Of eHealth

Preparing For The Future Direction Of eHealth

What does the future of healthcare look like?

It takes little imagination to see technology integrated into every step of the process. In fact, we add a bit more to it each day. No matter what capacity you enter the system, whether as a patient or as the head of a large medical practice, eHealth is being implemented as:

Electronic Health Records – enables easy communication between different healthcare professionals

Lifetime Health Records – full aggregation of individual electronic health records capturing population-based tracking to both predict and anticipate future events

Telehealth – includes all types of physical and psychological remote monitoring that does not require a patient to travel to see a specialist

Public Health Education – complex media channels that allow citizens to stay informed on a variety of health and medical related topics

Virtual Healthcare Teams – healthcare professionals who collaborate and share information on patients and events

And of course, this is just a start. We’ll see technology taking over many of the jobs previously held by staff of all levels, from office work to the most experienced surgeons and medical staff. Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0 is still being interwoven as new technologies are developed every day.

Not only will this make medical staff perform better, but it will also allow patients to take a more active role in their care. This empowers each of us to make more well-informed decisions throughout the process.

Where do we go from here?

Learn

A whirlwind of transition brings both confusion and opportunity. The only way to progress forward is to take it all in stride and learn more every day. Can you imagine going back to paper files or a time without access to the Internet? Yet at one time, that was the norm. Adding a little to your vocabulary every day is the only way to stay informed.

Explore

This isn’t a time to do things as they’ve always been done. This is a time to explore. What systems can help you do more with less? What information exists that will put you in a better light with your patients and your colleagues? What can you learn that will help you for your future?

Secure

Before you jump in with any new technology, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions. How will this impact my business? How will this integrate with everything I already have in place? Will this open my up to more risk? How can I keep my information more secure?

This is a learning process, a journey we’re all making together.

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How To Embrace The Power Of Data

How To Embrace The Power Of Data

Have you ever thought about how much data exists in the world?

Have you ever thought about how much data is created on an average day?

The statistics are staggering, especially when you consider how far we’ve come in such a short period of time. For example, according to Forbes:

  • By 2020, over 6.1 billion smartphone users will exist throughout the world
  • By 2020, there will be over 50 billion smart devices developed to collect, analyze and share data
  • In 2015, over 1 trillion photos were taken, and billions of them were shared online
  • In 2017, over 80 percent of all photos will be taken with smart technology
  • Every single minute of the day, over 500 new websites are developed
  • We perform more than 40,000 search queries a second on Google alone
  • The total volume of data that the industry captures and stores doubles every 1.2 years

What do we do with that much data? How can we possibly use it to our advantage?

Big Data is a concept that seems to be popping up everywhere in the business world, no matter what industry you’re in. Big data can be defined as extremely large data sets that are analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.

The power of big data lies in its ability to drive decisions.

In many industries, such as medical and technology, new research and content are added and updated all the time. Every year on PubMed, for example, more than 25 million references and 1 million biologically focused articles are published and uploaded to the database. As a researcher, in the traditional sense, it could take weeks, even months to find all the relevant data needed to make an informed decision. And by the time you find what you need, more content is added to the pool.

Fortunately, technology has come so far that there is no reason to have manual approaches. Embracing today’s research solutions can provide answers quickly and accurately. Rather than feeling daunted by the barrage of possibilities that exist and are at your disposal, we help you utilize the power of the modern ways to mine, analyze, and manage the vast amounts of resources you have at available to you, right now.

Creating An Intelligent Office

Work smarter, not harder.

If you’ve taken and efficiency classes you’ll know this is a time-honored practice.

Still, the concept of working smarter, not harder is evolving all the time. A few short years ago improvements may have evolved around software and ergonomics. Now we use cloud-based technology that allows us to work from anywhere, and apps that can multifunction and automate much of what used to take precious time to accomplish.

A smarter work environment today can include many things. Improved working space? Got to have it. A large investment in the latest technology? That’s a given. A security system to take away risk? Mandatory. Consider these as you’re making improvements to your office.

Good design starts with the needs of employees

Ask an employee what they need to be more efficient and they will most likely tell you. It can be something as simple as a better office chair, or something more complex like a program that will help keep their workload more organized. They might not understand the details of how to achieve it, but they usually can provide insight into how to do a better job. Your job then becomes finding the best solutions to improve working conditions. Employees buy into a lot of strategies if they understand it’s for the ultimate benefit of the company, and will improve their lives in the process.

Effective design continues with the needs of the customer base

Just as importantly is your revenue source, your customers. Yes, they may love what you do, but is it the most effective way to get what you have to deliver? How can you improve to make the experience more effective? What can build a stronger rapport and help them become bigger fans? Technology is often at the heart of an improvement to make things better, faster, more productive, more efficient. Ask them what they love about you and how you can improve it and you’ll usually find your improvement points woven within.

Seamless transitions

How many systems do you have in place? Current applications make it simple to streamline many of the processes you use every day. An intelligent office looks for insight on how to use as few of systems as possible to manage and organize large amounts of data, as well as restructuring your technology to be as easy to use as possible. That’s why system integration is so important. That’s why cloud-based systems are essential to today’s working environment. And with a proficient security plan in place, you’ll ensure your data retains integrity every step of the way.

What changes have you made to create an intelligent office?

How Necessary Is An IT Strategy?

How Necessary Is An IT Strategy?

Strategy. Planning. Purpose. Tactics.

Everybody talks about the importance of having each of these things in place. Yet how many businesses are upfront with what their strategies truly are? How many employees are on board with each key tactic, and know how to move forward when challenges arise?

Strategy is a strange thing. Everyone agrees that having a strategy is an important part of operating a business. But what should it include? Who should understand the policies in the plan? How well should they be monitored? How effective are they at running the business?

Is it a solid strategy that is used before every purchase and before every decision being made? Or is it simply something that looks good on paper, and is referred to only on occasion, and usually when problems arise?

Lots of questions, I know. But as you read through and asked each of these questions to yourself, hopefully you started to see a pattern. You either began nodding your head, knowing you’ve developed a strong plan that your company adheres to very well; or you’ve seen holes in your own approach to developing a strategy, and recognize that you need improvement.

A solid IT strategy is important for many reasons.

Provides guidance for your company and industry

We are in a world of change; keeping up is not an option. Not only is new technology being developed every day, government regulation is also changing quickly, putting more requirements in place for the end user. A solid strategy helps everyone in the organization understand their core capabilities, identify where the trouble spots are, and spot risks before they arise. It helps everyone stay focused on what truly matters, and helps deliver the best performance now and as things change in the future.

Operate in a changing world

Every day, new technology is being created, digital devices become available, and equipment and programs become more effective. How do you keep up with it all? In the world of IT, it can be very confusing. Especially if you run a large organization that takes months to get things from concept to implementation. How do you implement something that is out of date even before the final user is in place?

The key in many cases isn’t about the final product or system you choose, its about how well you adapt. Whether a change is implemented due to a new policy, a new regulation, or simply as a way stay on top of technology, the importance comes from seeing the big picture first. Technology will always grow and adapt; having the keys to allow you to do so effectively will keep you relevant in a changing world.

Creating direction for the future

What is your ultimate goal? All organizations need to make sure their staff understands that purpose, and what it will take to get there. Every business has a specific purpose, a specific “thing” they offer to their clients and customers. IT is only a part of the picture. Customer service, resources, operations, even engagement all play into perception. The customer is there for an end result; not for the way you use technology, or how fast you can implement. It all comes into play in the way you perform your ultimate task and reach your definitive goal.

While its important for your staff to be trained to be as efficient as possible, its equally important for them to remember what the end goal is, and how you use that knowledge as you move and build towards the future. Clients are your ultimate purpose. If you can find a way to keep them happy, while at the same time staying relevant in your industry, that’s the perfect union of a solid IT strategy.