Can Your Medical Practice Keep Up With the Flow of Patient Data?

In technology articles discussing the challenges of keeping data safe or data storage solutions, experts like to tout exciting statistics like in 2018, the whole of humanity generated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily, or that the Internet of Things is anticipated to encompass 200 billion devices by the end of 2020. For healthcare and medical professionals though, this explosive data growth hits very close to home. HIPAA requirements and the move from physical records to digital over the last several decades has led to a mindblowing 878% growth in the amount of health data needing to be managed and stored since 2016. Much of this influx of data from devices can be traced to the growing popularity in wearable devices providing healthcare professionals with important data used in assessing and treating patient conditions. In this article, Apex Technology breaks down how healthcare practices can benefit from a custom application that will parse and organize incoming data from patients into a format your team can easily and securely access. 

 

Keeping Up With New Sources and Types of Patient Data

Electronic health records, also referred to as Electronic Medical Records (EMR) once encompassed very limited diagnostic and treatment data about patients generated and maintained by a limited number of care providers, usually within a single practice. Now, EMR can be generated by any number of sources and maintained and accessed by multiple practices across just as many healthcare records management systems.  

New Wearable Devices and Associated Applications Generating Data

Remote patient monitoring has become much simpler and accessible to healthcare providers now that wearable devices such as specialized electronic devices and smartwatches are able to monitor and report vital statistics back to doctors. Patients can track and gather data on blood pressure, glucose levels, activity levels, heart rates, and even in some cases allow for early detection of symptoms such as atrial fibrillation. 

Incompatibilities 

The biggest challenge with gathering this much data from so many different devices is that it results in a deluge of incompatible data from devices not designed to work with all healthcare records management systems. This can lead to liability and possibly even violations of HIPAA and other regulatory requirements. 

 

Software Customized to your Practices’ Needs

Apex Technology is a Charlotte-based leading provider of managed IT services that specializes in helping healthcare practices establish and navigate increasingly complicated healthcare IT infrastructures. We want to make sure that the focus of our clients remains upon patient care, so we provide healthcare practices with customized software and application solutions built around the types of data being gathered from patients’ devices. As an ongoing service, our customized solutions can be modified when new equipment hits the market or when patients start using new applications and devices to route data into the medical practice. By integrating and automating much of the data collection and collation on the back-end, medical professionals using our services are able to quickly assess and diagnose patients using data sourced from any number of devices. 

Don’t Let Data Bottleneck At Your Practice

With more and more reliance upon electronic and mobile devices, as well as the growing popularity of telemedicine, it’s crucial for medical practices to be able to gather and parse data from any device patients might be using. As a leading managed IT services provider in the Charlotte-metro, Apex Technology understands the risks and challenges faced by the medical field in gathering and managing data within the boundaries of HIPAA and other regulatory requirements. In addition to our extensive managed IT services geared towards supporting healthcare practices, we also offer our clients customized application development services in order to ensure they can interface and manage incoming patient data from any source on the market. To learn more about how we can help you protect and increase your medical practice’s IT efficiency, reach out to our team of professionals today.