Top 8 Technology Solutions for Healthcare Providers
Being under the impact of digital transformation, the healthcare industry is seeing rapid changes. The integration of medical software solutions helps not only keep up with the times but also resolve important industrial challenges.
There are plenty of their examples: a time-consuming decision-making process, paper-driven workflow, request heavy processing, complicated diagnosis process, the need in remote patient health monitoring and equipment health maintenance, and more.
Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, mobile healthcare applications, web portals, Business Intelligence are bringing new models and processes in the sector, enabling to improve patient treatment, increase communications between patients and doctors, enhance document management, and automate various internal operations.
As here in OZiTAG we have high expertise in healthcare software development, we have a deep understanding of the issues you may have in your organization. In the post, you’ll find out how you can solve them. So, let’s start our small journey!
Medical software solutions you should consider
1. A mobile application for scheduling medical appointments
Healthcare mobile applications have become very popular recently. They can serve for various goals, from collecting reports to scheduling medical appointments. Imagine a mobile app, that allows patients view their clinical records, doctors’ schedules, send requests, instantly find a certain organization, see it on the map, and connect with the hospital/specialist with one click.
Such a product can work in the opposite direction, enabling doctors to instantly check their schedules, answer questions, and be automatically notified about incoming requests and replacements. This simple tool will facilitate the work either of medical staff or regular users.
2. A technological solution for depression treatment
According to the data by the World Health Organization as of March 22, 2018, more than 300 million people around the globe suffer from depression.
Depression is the main cause of disability and is a major contributor to the burden of disease worldwide. Fortunately, important measures for treating it are being taken, including the creation of efficient medical software solutions.
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a form of neurostimulation using constant, low current delivered to the required brain area via electrodes on the scalp, is one of the most interesting means of therapeutic depression care.
Until recently, it was rather a difficult and costly procedure, that could be performed only in the doctor’s office. However, the situation is being changed with the help of technological products.
Sooma, our partners from Finland, decided to build a system for home-based tDCS sessions. To control patient treatment, they also needed to collect and analyze large amounts of statistical data. Our company developed a comprehensive solution consisting of an Android app and a web portal for doctors so that depression treatment and progress monitoring can be done remotely.
Learn more about the project development and functionality in one of our recent articles.
3. A healthcare software system for disease control
Remote health monitoring is one of the top priority and most important areas for medical software solutions. You can provide your doctors and patients with a variety of tools facilitating treatment/illness control and improving the communication between users and healthcare providers.
You can implement rich functionality depending on your needs. Here in OZiTAG, we developed AsthmaMD, a world’s leading app for asthma control. The solution consists of a mobile app and a web portal and helps people to fight against lung disease.
It combines various features that will be also useful in other mobile healthcare applications for treating illnesses:
- Asthma journal – contains statistical asthma data and notes about past asthma attack
- Log of asthma attacks – the ability to easily log your asthma attacks
- Action plan – taking medications, doing activities, etc.
- Asthma record sharing with the doctor
- A graphical view of your PFM and severity
- Instant alerts – will remind a patient to take a pill
- Log of peak flow meter readings, symptom tracking
- Expanded crowdsourcing research – with the consent of users, their data are processed and help scientists create even more effective means of treating the disease
If you want to learn more about the project, you can find a detailed information in the AsthmaMD case study. You’re also welcome to contact us for any questions about healthcare software development and integration. The consultation is for free.)
4. A mobile app for tracking various indicators: heart rate, sleep, physical activities
Now there are so many mobile healthcare applications that allow tracking your sports activities, sleep, and nutrition that are very popular among regular users. You can use them to enhance physical well being and patient treatment, too.
But there are still few apps for remote health checking and monitoring. Imagine, for instance, an application that brings accessible EKG to every household, enabling users to receive their electrocardiograms in 2 minutes by just touching the contacts with the fingers. The solution’s functioning is wireless – via Bluetooth, and a change history is stored in the cloud.
Coremergy, a Belarusian medical startup we helped launch, provides such functionality. In your project, you can integrate predictive analytics, wearables, and smart devices to collect health data, detect potential problems on time, and dramatically improve the treatment process.
5. A healthcare web portal for consulting with experts
Recently, web patient portals have gained high popularity among healthcare providers. Helping medical organizations improve customer service and automate such operations as request processing and appointment scheduling, they simplify the life of both doctors and patients.
A healthcare web portal can enable its users to consult with specialists via chats and video calls with no need to go to hospital, check out clinical records and lab results, make payments, request prescription refills, share medical data, communicate with other patients, find healthy food recipes, get reminders, and much more.
6. AI solution for automated decision-making & removing human errors
Artificial Intelligence is what our future is. In the industry, AI solutions can enable healthcare and pharmaceutical companies to process large data volumes, analyze clinical records, reports, requests, and plenty of other data sources, and improve decision-making.
Now medical providers are applying analytics in R&D, particularly in automating clinical trials and making decisions. To determine a diagnosis, in some cases a doctor needs to keep in mind a huge amount of information and, most importantly, collect and analyze a lot of data as quickly and efficiently as possible.
This process is often quite time-consuming and a bit limited by timing factors. There are often chances for human errors. For example, the data may be inaccurate, incomplete, or contain some errors, which may lead to wrong decisions.
AI medical software solutions can solve these issues by smart data capturing and analysis, removing information inaccuracies, and implementing machine learning algorithms to streamline and improve data processing. As a result, you will receive real-time data insights, avoid mistakes, and speed up the decision-making process.
Also, get to know how Artificial Intelligence is transforming various industries.
7. IoT solution for equipment remote monitoring
IoT medical software solutions can be applied by healthcare providers for different purposes, including treating patients at home, collecting health data, and improving patient satisfaction.
The Internet of Things is coming in the sector in various forms like smart devices, biosensors, smart pills, smart beds, and so on. One of the key challenges of most healthcare organizations is to ensure the successful functioning of the medical equipment. IoT technology can solve it by enabling its remote monitoring in real-time.
You can integrate an IoT solution consisting of sensors being placed on the equipment, an application for you to manage it, and an analytics module for detecting potential problems. The system will send you automatic alerts if something goes wrong.
8. Business Intelligence solution for managing financial operations
Business Intelligence applications can solve various challenges. Like in other types of organizations, the main one is to reduce costs. For that, you need to establish effective financial management.
When using BI medical software solutions, it’s much easier to define which services bring the highest income and which are underused.
Many healthcare providers surprisingly find that their most profitable services are ones that they have taken for granted or haven’t paid enough attention to. Another point is the determination of overspendings and other indicators of unreasonable budget allocation.
You can apply Business Intelligence to get insight into the level of patient satisfaction, identify financial and behavior patterns, and make more informed decisions based on the revelations.
The main advantage is that with a BI solution you can make such findings much quicker while getting intelligent data reports and visualizing the data. It can also provide you with an action plan and recommendations on how to improve financial management.
If you have some questions about the article, healthcare software development, or a project idea, contact us!) Having delivered 5 medical software solutions (and we’re developing the 6th at the moment), we’ll be glad to provide you with a consultation.