How fast can technology change an industry? We’ve witnessed it first hand this past year.
In 2019, just two percent of acute care and long-term post-acute care providers used IT-driven strategies for patient care.
Compare that to the end of 2020, when 95 percent of all reporting health centers had segued into using IT in some capacity.
Still, one of the most challenging things about bringing on a successful IT strategy is getting started and finding the proper tools that deliver results. Deciding on which emerging technologies to invest in, and setting up a plan to bring your team on board can be difficult at best.
It requires a shift in mindset to wanting to change and grow. Getting out of your comfort zone isn’t easy. But when you see the rewards, it can make it all worthwhile.
Right now, there are three areas where technological growth is a game-changer.
Robotic Process Automation - RPA
RPA is a system of recording tasks and taking over automated functions usually performed by humans. Robots use logical steps to perform repetitive manual tasks that take time out of an employee’s workday. These are software programs written to emulate human actions - this isn’t a sci-fi movie with human-like creatures sharing our spaces. When you bring in RPA to your practice, it can automate daily tasks such as eligibility checks, intake processes, referral management, authorization tasks, claims management, and much more. Because these processes are automated, they are more accurate and can be completed faster, meaning revenue streams are faster too.
Artificial Intelligence - AI
AI may be the one area you’re most familiar with, but it’s still the place where practitioners can make the biggest leaps. AI requires both time and investment to implement, but you can utilize it in many ways because of the resources already in the marketplace. It can help guide treatment choices and help practitioners make more efficient diagnoses. It can aid patients in making better decisions, and keep them on track for better results. Overall, AI can be a welcome business practice to help align your team and keep them on track, lower all care costs, and improve the patient experience.
Remote Patient Monitoring - RPM
RPM is changing the way people manage their health. Instead of coming in for services, healthcare can be watched and administered where people live, work, and play. It’s about delivering healthcare management in the space that makes the most sense for everyone, giving medical personnel an easier way to specialize and become more proficient. At the same time, the patient can continue to live their lives on their terms. Because people already use smartphones and tablets, taking this next step isn’t beyond their comfort zones. It’s one of the easiest ways to increase engagement and allow people to take an active role in their care.
Finding the right tools and implementing them should be something you look forward to, not a chore you dread. Consider where you can make your biggest time-saving changes, and start there. One step at a time.
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