The Digital Transformation of the Healthcare Industry is Here
The digital evolution of healthcare synergistically provides numerous benefits for providers while creating higher standards of care for patients.
AVIO Consulting is continuously focusing on innovations and technological developments. Our dedication to providing the latest in digital solutions ensures that our clients can integrate innovative technology quickly and seamlessly into their current operations.
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Our Solutions Address Modern Technological Challenges
An aging population coupled with pressures to reduce costs is continuously subjecting the healthcare industry to new challenges. The digital transformation of healthcare addresses many issues facing providers that can allow them to re-channel focus into providing better treatments for patients.
The maintenance and security of reliable patient data is at the forefront of these challenges. Solutions in record-keeping and data-based administration ensure that medical records are kept with accuracy, allowing for greater precision in diagnosis and care.
People are living longer than ever before and that is bringing a new set of challenges to healthcare providers. Their emerging needs have led to the discovery of novel treatments using artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and wearable technology. These technologies promise to personalize treatments for improved outcomes for this growing segment of the population.
Digital Transformation Promises Better Patient Care
The healthcare digital transformation is poised to revolutionize the entire healthcare process from diagnosis to treatment through technology like:
The collection and analysis of data have transformed how physicians diagnose and treat their patients. Some benefits include:
- Pre-screening repeat patients based on past data
- Lower rate of prescription medicine errors
- Lower response times for treating serious diseases
Investments in data applications can help healthcare and pharmaceutical companies understand patients within the context of the overall market. Data analytics can also help marketing teams clarify their target audience and identify opportunities for targeted campaigns.
The use of Virtual Reality (VR) simulations is causing a profound shift in how patients are being treated by harnessing the power of the brain to heal the body. Accordingly, VR is increasingly being used to address serious issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, pain, stress, phobias and addictions to drugs and alcohol.
Wearable medical devices enable care providers to continuously monitor and obtain data on their patients. They have grown in popularity partly due to their focus on maintaining optimal health markers and preventing emergencies.
Standard devices include oximeters (to measure oxygen), heart rate sensors, blood sugar meters, and exercise trackers. Along with providing benefits to both patients and providers, the use of these devices has the potential to save national health systems money through disease prevention.
Artificial intelligence (AI) comprises a set of digital technologies that harness the power of human-like intelligence. Some examples of AI-based healthcare technology include virtual health assistants, nurse robots, and droids that can be deployed in a hospital environment to assist the staff in restocking supplies and transporting items. Besides increasing efficiency, these technological advancements have allowed hospitals to streamline their operations and reduce costs.
Other examples that showcase AI’s power and potential include its use in genomics, precision medicine, drug discovery, and medical imaging. Since no two patients are alike, the use of AI presents a revolutionary, forward-thinking shift into patient care that takes unique characteristics into account when creating personalized therapies.
APIs connect technologies by defining communications between software intermediaries. In other words, they provide platforms that allow different systems to “talk” to each other.
Many systems of the past used APIs that were created and customized for a specific organization. The current digital transformation requires solutions of increasing power and complexity, such as MuleSoft’s Accelerator for Healthcare that unlocks critical healthcare data through a prescriptive architecture that includes pre-built APIs and integration templates.
We Help Clients Overcome Barriers to Digital Transformation
The barriers to digital transformation in the healthcare industry are typically not technological because healthcare systems have been in a state of automation for many years.
Most often, the barriers are organizational, cultural, and rooted in government. Moving past those barriers usually requires a combined effort among stakeholders to advance efforts in adopting these new technologies. AVIO can help streamline that process with expert consultation, implementation, and training.
Promoting Innovation in an Open Environment
Healthcare organizations that help create an environment of open innovation can help catalyze digital transformation. This often involves a focus away from competition and towards cooperation by allowing different organizations to access healthcare data in order to develop their own technological interfaces.
Access to healthcare data may include health records, prescription information, pharmaceutical databases, and other related archives. Moving to an open architecture is a key to overall innovation and cooperation among healthcare providers from all sectors.
Digital Transformation Benefits for Providers
The digital transformation in healthcare can bring about multiple major benefits for providers that include reduced overall costs, enhanced clinical outcomes, and improved overall efficiency.
Innovations in API technology can help healthcare providers launch solutions faster. Solutions employing an architecture that includes pre-built APIs, connectors and integration templates can efficiently bring patient demographic information and test results into the cloud for timely access by care providers.
Besides streamlining processes, integrated API solutions enables cross-collaboration across multiple departments that ultimately unlock critical healthcare data for better patient care.
Besides providing better patient care and improving outcomes, data management and analytics can help healthcare providers estimate admission rates using historical data. Data collection and analysis also provides a deeper understanding of a patient, aiding professionals in precision diagnosis and treatment.
Blockchain technology is revolutionizing the way transactions are conducted and information is stored. Its primary function as a digital ledger within a shared computer network allows different parties to safely and securely exchange data.
Applications of blockchain in digital healthcare are numerous. Some of the most transformational include its use as a tool to store medical information and prevent fragmented electronic health records. It can also play an important role in creating a centralized database that all healthcare providers and institutions can access.
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Digital Transformation Increases Competitiveness
Electronic record management, particularly when used with blockchain technology, can help reduce valuable hours spent on paperwork and data entry. A survey of doctors conducted by the U.S. government revealed that 88% believe that electronic health records provide benefits to their practice while 75% report that they allow them to deliver superior patient care.
Ultimately, the use of innovative cutting-edge digital technologies empowers healthcare providers to provide first-rate services that result in better outcomes for patients. This is the ultimate competitive edge the digital transformation provides.
The New Economy Requires Digital Solutions
Issues connected to COVID-19 have ushered in a new era that has completely changed the doctor-patient relationship. With less reliance on in-person visits, the use of video conferences has become central to providing care to a concerned population with increased needs.
Innovation in technology can help healthcare providers respond by rapidly scaling up their digital efforts through infrastructure upgrades and specialized training.
Improved data analytics and record-keeping empower healthcare providers with critical, actionable information for accurate diagnosis in situations where in-person visits are not possible. As remote monitoring of patients continues to grow, technological innovations such as wearables can provide large streams of data. Technological know-how and training are the keys to leveraging these technologies for improved services and better patient care.
AVIO's solutions can help providers make better healthcare decisions with trusted, curated data sources validated by domain experts. MuleSoft’s COVID-19 Data Platform provides an information-based solution that displays COVID-19 case data and government policy details.
As an additional resource to aid collaboration, MuleSoft also offers a Crisis Response Developer Portal — a repository of curated data resources, APIs, implementation templates, and live examples that help developers accelerate the progress of critical projects connected to COVID-19.
Evolving the Healthcare Industry — One Patient at a Time
Adopting and leveraging new digital technologies is critical to the success of healthcare providers. Emerging needs among an increasingly diverse population are bringing unique challenges that digital innovation can address.
AVIO solutions reduce integration challenges and make the process as seamless as possible. We enable healthcare providers to achieve and surpass new standards as they embark towards the ultimate goal of providing a superior standard of care for the patients of today and tomorrow.