A Game-Changer in the Healthcare Industry
When we think of saving lives, we think of dedicated physicians, breakthrough medicines, revolutionary surgeries, and advancements made through research and cellular investigations. While these are all tried and true methods of advanced healthcare, there is also another component that is increasingly playing an important role in the medical field: information technology.
“e-Health” is the result of these two fields’ integration, and it is a term that was barely in use a decade ago. Today, however, it is one of the most talked about buzzwords to hit the healthcare industry.
And for good reason.
Interest in and recognition of the importance of health IT and health information exchanges in improving health and healthcare has grown significantly, and over the past half century, we have seen incredible changes in what information and communication technologies can bring to the world. This has paved the way for the integration of e-health technologies and has greatly increased its demand in hospitals and private clinics. Today, its impact on health systems and services cannot be denied.
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Benefits of e-Health
The implementation of e-health practices into the medical field has proven to be incredibly beneficial in many areas, from better patient care and reduction of errors, to more accurately diagnosing some of life’s most threatening diseases. These benefits and advancements have positively impacted the medical field on a global scale and the demand for e-health technologies shows no signs of slowing down.
Exploring the role that information technology plays in the health field has shown medical professionals as well as patients that its use can be extremely beneficial on both sides. While some practitioners have been slow to adopt this new technology for fears of security breaches and exposing confidential information, great measures have been taken to ensure the safety of patient and doctor information. From reduced travel time and expenses through the implementation of telemedicine, the ease of access to patient information through electronic medical records (EMR), and the sharing and display of images through digital X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, e-health continues to bring new advancements to healthcare.
Local improvements and global advancements have been made as a result of e-health technologies and it is certainly changing the practice of medicine and how health systems are run.This technology has allowed us not only to exchange and share information like never before, but it has also allowed us to bring people together in the medical field to help improve public health as well as make more informed decisions. e-Health is certainly on its way to transforming the healthcare industry and to being a leading contributor in helping to save lives.