There has been a growing reliance on Big Data and analytics across multiple industries for some time now. In the healthcare industry, this trend stretches back as far as 1991, when the Accredited Standards Committee’s X12N Insurance subcommittee started to develop widespread standards for the healthcare industry. Over the years, these standards led the healthcare industry to gradually embrace data-driven initiatives in order to establish a common ground for healthcare providers and institutions to communicate patient information and deliver patient-centric care. This evolution of implementing data for the benefit of patients, which has come to be known as the field of healthcare informatics, is expected to continue to shape the healthcare industry, especially in the realm of healthcare IT, as we head into 2020. Let’s explore the ways informatics are transforming healthcare industry technology in more detail.
Driving Advances in Healthcare Technology
Informatics alone cannot achieve the intended goal of reducing the workload on healthcare providers. However, when coupled with technological innovation, informatics becomes a driving force of discovery and transformation. While technological advancements occur regularly, there are three major technologies that are poised for a breakthrough as researchers and healthcare IT professionals pursue ways of improving the quality of care and service patients receive.
Cloud-based Patient Data Storage and Access
Patient records and information were once stored physically, requiring significant time to manage and maintain them, as well as space in which to keep them. With informatics at the core of the initiative, the healthcare industry begin a shift to electronic medical records in the 1960s, which ultimately evolved in recent years with the available technology into cloud-based records management solutions. Cloud-based databases allow instant access for patients and healthcare professionals, improve patient treatment times, and safeguard private patient information physically and electronically.
3D Printing of Organs and Limbs
Informatics create an infrastructure of analytics and data correlation that allow complicated medical procedures and treatments to be standardized and simplified. One avenue where the medical field is making significant strides is the creation and implantation of artificial organs and limbs. The monitoring and deep data analysis made possible by informatic practices means that organs can be created from real tissue sales tailored to minimize rejection, while limbs can be printed to exact measurements in order to maximize comfort and functionality.
Securing Patient Information
Healthcare providers are required by the strict regulatory requirements laid out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other laws to ensure the privacy and security of patient data. As informatics and healthcare research rely on patient data, you can imagine how much effort healthcare IT professionals are putting towards creating more secure methods of encryption, storage, and transmission in order to facilitate the flow of data for research purposes. Blockchain technology, a way of decentralizing the dissemination of data, might become the key solution for healthcare researchers and providers. Blockchain can achieve the necessary security in data to allow for peer-to-peer sharing of raw empirical data without compromising patient privacy. It can also provide patients with the ability to themselves agregate their own data and control access to sources they allow.
Your Partner for Healthcare Information Technology Solutions
It takes a strong understanding of how healthcare informatics are shaping and driving innovation and change in the realm of healthcare IT in order to provide companies with solutions to their healthcare challenges. Apex Technology, a leading provider of managed IT services in the Charlotte metropolitan area, understands how important secure data management can be for the healthcare industry in order to support the growing role played by informatics. Contact a member of our team to discuss your practice’s needs, and embrace the transformative power that comes with a focus on your managed IT services needs.