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Healthcare Tech Series ( I ) : Technologies Today

Posted on 3/02/2017 by Danica Pagsisihan

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With the current healthcare technology revolution, SearchElect is excited to be rolling out a mini-series on Healthcare Technology, where I would be exploring the latest technologies in healthcare in the first part of the series. 

Technologies new and old have come together in order to optimise the healthcare industry. The digital transformation of healthcare has been particularly important for many public services institutions in Asia.  The government and healthcare providers have been investing and collaborating with technology providers and regulators to improve patient experience that will result in improved healthcare quality and efficiency.

Technologies in Healthcare Today; 'Smart Healthcare' 

Real time location tracking systems

This technology can help the patient tracking (or medical devices tracking). This will come in the form of wi-fi tags which is growing a lot of interest especially as the government is backing this up. With the use of wi-fi tags, as long as there is network connectivity in the area.

The benefits this can bring is wide.  Once you have data from wi-fi tags, this will promote efficiency through the supply chain.  For example, nurses can easily track doctors movements to roster accurate consultations between patients saving time and efficiency. Tracking down vital medical devices at critical times will no longer be an issue and ensuring no time wasted for any BP monitor or dialysis machines being idle.

Preventive maintenance of assets

This is a technology that lets you know which assets (devices, machines etc.) are in use and hence the hospital facilities team can optimise service cycles much more efficiently to cater to the demands. Intelligently, this technology will also inform the user which machine is in best condition or not and which needs maintenance or not.

Bed management system

This comes in the form of dashboard that can help a hospital view the availability of rooms, and  hospital facilities to improve their management of the patient admissions, capacity and efficiency of nurses/care givers.

Intelligent integrated hospitals/healthcare facilities

This runs at the back of sensors that can detect presence and automate the opening things like lights, air-conditioning or any machine in the hospital providing efficiency in usage of energy.  Mobile applications are also available to manage different rooms or facilities of the hospital making it easier to book a facility or control a room inside a hospital. Immediate cost savings and a reduction in carbon footprints.

Outpatient pharmacy operation system

An outpatient will no longer have to wait numerous hours to get their prescription medicines, tech providers have now come up with a robotic arm awaiting the doctor's inputs on prescriptions for the patient, it will then gather all the medicines for each patient, drop it in a conveyor belt and have it ready for the pharmacist to provide to the patients. Magic!

Rise of other technologies

These will include middleware applications that will collect and collate lots of data into a big data warehouse. From these, there arises a business intelligence engine that will help in analysing and transforming data into useful insights for the different segments of the healthcare industry. 

The above is definitely not exhaustive, and I'd love to hear from you about any other trends in tech disruption across healthcare and other industries.

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