Medical Technology: Going Beyond The Pill
We are in the midst of an exciting transitional period. The face of healthcare is morphing once again into something new. This new shift will take how we currently care for patients to the next level. There are so many inadequacies concerning the current state of our healthcare system, so these changes are necessary in order to better patient care, which can then be provided to a greater amount of individuals — specifically those who need it the most.
In the future, healthcare will no longer be a distorted flow of doctor visits and obeying treatment plans, followed by a complete break in communication until the next scheduled visit. There will be an added digital component as telehealth slowly becomes the new norm. Companies are now being forced to go “beyond the pill” and creatively strategize for how to merge the healthcare of the past with the healthcare of the future, which is centered around technology.
Eventually, the majority of medications will be paired with an app that will aid in collecting necessary patient information that can be used to measure how the treatment is progressing, as well as any pertinent data that can be used by the physician in future treatment. Patients will no longer be in the dark about the specifics of their treatment and doctors will no longer experience a breach in communication with their patients between visits.
With this stress on technology, it is clear that mobile data will be as vital to managing patient health as the medications themselves. It is these technological advancements within healthcare that are a game-changer for pharmaceutical companies. Here are the 3 advancements to be on the lookout for:
1. Patient Accountability
It is important that patients comply with their treatment plans. Around half of patients in the U.S. don’t follow treatment plans administered by their doctors and 30 percent don’t even fill their prescriptions. Technology will change this by holding patients more accountable for following through with their regimes.
2. Managing Chronic Diseases
Chronic diseases are very serious and more common than many might think. How these diseases are treated is changing drastically as a result of technological advancements. Not only does this positively affect the state of the patient, but it can help to reduce a person’s monthly costs.
3. Monitoring Health In Real-Time
A lot of medical technology exists to provide data to both physicians and patients as they are undergoing treatment. But some devices are going beyond that, providing real-time care to patients whose conditions are very time-sensitive. For example, patients with diabetes are being monitored by devices that measure insulin levels and can administer a dosage if a dangerously low level of insulin is detected.
Originally published on Duane Boise’s website.