How Technology is Transforming the Out-Of-Hospital-Care Industry Right in Front of Our Eyes
The Indian healthcare sector is one of the fastest-growing in the world, contributing significantly to both revenue and jobs. It encompasses hospitals, medical devices, health insurance, telemedicine, clinical trials, medical tourism, and medical equipment.
The world's attention has been drawn to bettering healthcare systems throughout the last year. With India's digital adoption accelerating across sectors, the need to optimize healthcare operations through technology has never been more apparent.
Existing hospitals are increasing their services through technological platforms, investing in next-generation diagnostic instruments, forging insurance company alliances, and expanding geographically in order to provide world-class medical treatment at a reasonable cost.
At least 94% of Indian healthcare leaders want their hospital or healthcare facility to focus on patient-centered healthcare enabled by smart technology, optimize operational efficiency, integrate diagnostics, and predict patient outcomes, according to the Future Health Index 2021 India report.
Medicine's future is taking shape right before our eyes, thanks to advancements in digital healthcare technologies such as AI, 3D printing, VR/AR, nanotechnology, and robotics. Not the other way around, we need to become familiar with the latest innovations in order to handle the control of technology. Medicine's future depends on collaborating with technology and clinicians to embrace changes in the healthcare industry, ensuring that we remain relevant for years to come.
Clinical treatment, administrative activities, and operational management are all aided by predictive analytics in healthcare
Out-of-hospital-Care with remote patient monitoring and smart technology
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to Out-of-Hospital-Care. In practice, it means decentralizing care, moving it away from hospitals and closer to primary care.
Patients can be treated in a variety of venues, including their local general practitioner's office or at home, by encouraging out-patient ambulatory care and utilizing facilities such as day-care centers or community clinics.
Out-of-hospital treatment is undeniably beneficial in terms of personal interaction. Simply talking with a patient might provide vital information to help guide care. Wellness check-ins and telehealth visits using a computer or smartphone can help bridge the gap.
Remote patient monitoring tools that acquire and communicate personal health data to caregivers will become increasingly important as the public health emergency complicates these ties.
Wi-Fi-enabled software and devices that assess a user's vital signs, such as blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, oxygen saturation levels, and weight, can take readings using existing consumer technology or a specialized tool.
AI, Wearables, and the use of technology in managing NCDs
One of the most significant clinical and financial concerns facing our health systems is improving the management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The old hospital-centric, reactive care delivery approach is neither fit for purpose nor economically viable for managing NCDs. Digital technology (electronic instruments that produce, store, and process data) that encourage self-monitoring and management, backed up by timely and appropriate medical intervention, should be at the center of proactive care models.
People are already benefiting from the usage of AI and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) in consumer health applications. Consumer wearables and other medical devices, combined with AI, are being used to monitor and detect potentially life-threatening episodes in early-stage heart disease, allowing doctors and other caregivers to better monitor and detect potentially life-threatening episodes at an earlier, more treatable stage.
For more than three decades, robots have been utilized in medicine. Robots have the potential to transform end-of-life care by allowing patients to remain independent for extended periods of time and minimizing the need for hospitalization and care facilities. AI, paired with developments in humanoid design, is allowing robots to go even further, allowing them to hold 'conversations' and other social interactions with people, helping to keep aging minds sharp.
Digital technologies such as wearables have the potential to be used at all stages of NCD prevention and treatment, providing major benefits to both patients and physicians. They can encourage people to participate in and control their own health, providing a safety net that allows them to communicate with their doctors even when they are unable to meet them in person.
Clinical decision-making can also be aided by digital devices, which provide physicians with a wealth of patient data in real-time. This can enable them to customize care to individual needs and spot irregularities and flare-ups that could otherwise go unnoticed, facilitating early escalation of care and lowering the risk of patients deteriorating and needing emergency hospital admissions.
As India's population ages, more people will require medical attention. Finding strategies to make the most efficient use of healthcare resources is more important than ever.
Technology can be of supreme assistance. For patients who are sick or need surgery, hospitalization is unavoidable. Many chronic illnesses, on the other hand, can be treated just as successfully in the out-of-the-hospital care space.
Inpatient hospitalization is costly. Many elderly people are admitted to hospitals inadvertently and stay longer than necessary, according to research. Medical technology continues to develop devices and services that allow patients to better manage their sickness or health condition at home while reducing their need for hospital treatment. Patients may feel more empowered as a result of this, as they will have more options and freedom.
Predictive analytics is becoming increasingly popular
Predictive analytics is projected to become more common in the healthcare industry. Clinical treatment, administrative activities, and operational management are all aided by predictive analytics in healthcare. More importantly, the technology is already proving to be beneficial in a variety of healthcare settings, including out-of-hospital care. Many predictive analytics features are now available in electronic health record (EHR) systems, and analysts expect vendors to add many more in the future. Predictive analytics has a number of advantages, including more tailored, effective, and consistent patient care, early medical treatments, simpler hospital administration, and cost savings. Furthermore, health IT companies are developing their own analytics engines in order to create unique algorithms that will improve clinical treatment, administrative performance, and operational efficiency.
Improve Infrastructure & Training
Infrastructure and Continuous training are the core pillars supporting the fundamental aim of promoting improved standards of care and wellbeing for all patients, together with a good experience of the healthcare system.
For example, at @HCAH India, we invest a lot in the training, productivity enhancement, and skill development of our healthcare staff. With a dedicated incidence management software in place and Clinical Excellence and Customer Satisfaction in the last two years, we trained 1500+ nurses to ramp up triaging of Covid +ve patients for Govt. of Delhi, Bangalore & Chandigarh. With the help of an App, LMS system & Video-based Technology, we delivered training to 3,600+ corporate employees.
Last but not least, education must be at the center of all endeavors. The success and direction of these vital applications will be determined by teaching elderly users to embrace and master the tools, as well as training staff and loved ones to work with them.
The use of technology to support the attainment of health goals has the potential to alter health service delivery around the world, according to the World Health Organization. As technology becomes more integrated into our daily lives, we have the opportunity to develop innovative care delivery choices that will benefit our health and social care systems.
In the out-of-hospital care industry, technology plays a key role in providing remote patient monitoring and interventions in the patient's home rather than in a more expensive institutional environment. This is especially useful for the majority of chronic illnesses that may be managed well at home and in the community.