Impact of IT on Healthcare

Healthcare is an ever changing field.  As technology evolves, hospitals and doctors are quick to try to keep up.  Weather that is keeping things on a cloud, to responsive systems and 24/7 monitoring and help, not only is our experience better as patients, but things are easier on the back end for hospital staff, and doctors offices.  IT and software create a better experience for us, and quicker, more efficient workspaces for staff.

Easy to Use and Access

Many hospital workers and staff from doctors offices have to wear many hats or are constantly on their feet moving and keeping busy.  Systems that can be integrated into these places and increase workflow and efficiency. Some software can let doctors or supervisors assign tasks to be done, and these systems are often simple to use and can be quickly learned by staff.  

Cloud Based

Files were convenient, but cloud based storage is better.  It’s easier to carry info over from person to person. Systems like Novarad’s pacs are where things are headed.  Systems like this can store info and images from doctors.  This is extremely easy. This also means that pictures will stay crisp and won’t fade.  

Responsive

IT departments are extremely helpful.  As we all know technology is amazing until it doesn’t work.  Departments or IT workers are helpful resources that are integral to keeping a system up and running.  Often these departments are always up and running constantly. Beyond IT departments, software can make things happen faster as well.  Getting information and passing it along is much quicker and more accurate.

Disaster Recovery

This may seem like a less important bonus, but in the rare chance that anything can happen to a hospital or a doctors office, recovery options are a great benefit.  Many systems store images and information for years and years.

Product Improvement

The one constant with technology is that it will always be evolving.  System upgrades or patches can fix glitches or holes that have been found.  It's important to be able to evolve systems as you work with them. This is doubly true as medicine and healthcare advance alongside technology.

Support

Whether your support team is in house or an outboarded company, support is a staple of IT.  If you were to encounter a problem with your systems and had no one available to fix them then that can create a whole world of problems.  

There are countless Impacts that IT has had on our healthcare system.  Information is easier to gather, use and pass along.  Systems are more secure, responsive and are safer. We are able to save on space while saving more information, pictures, X-rays, and scans.  Our healthcare is better for the advances that have been made in it, and a large part of that is from IT.