The health sector is under constant pressure and faces challenges like never before. Growing numbers of patients combined with a lack of funding mean that continuing to provide a premium service puts enormous strain on the individuals who are on the frontline. There may, however, be some light at the end of the tunnel for the health sector and here we examine how innovative technology is helping it shine.
How Patients Access The Service
The way the public access healthcare is starting to change dramatically and this is down to the way the health sector is beginning to use the internet and other communication technology such as mobile phones. For example, the National Health Service (NHS) now has an app library that can be accessed by anyone. The library holds a catalogue of “digital tools” that individuals can use to help improve and manage their health and wellbeing.
Patients also now have more opportunity to access services using their phones and in many instances can be diagnosed or offered advice regarding health issues without leaving their homes. This eases the pressure that hospitals and general practice centres are put under, particularly, by patients who have no real need to see a doctor or nurse face to face.
In terms of primary care, there are a number of NHS hospitals that are leading the way when it comes to adopting digital technology in order to improve and innovate. Electronic health records are one of the ways in which digital technology is helping medical professionals who are on the frontline. These make the whole process of care more streamlined and efficient and they can be accessed by patients as well as doctors.
Estates & Infrastructures
The physical infrastructure of hospitals and healthcare centres also offers an example of how innovative technology is improving the health sector. In a bid to save money and to become “greener” technology such as the most efficient DC-DC converters are being used along with other energy saving technologies, solar panels and smart glass among them.
As healthcare organisations are so large, the relatively small savings made by each converter, panel or window add up to make a far more significant financial impact when rolled out across its entirety.
The health sector is one of the most important industries and as such it needs to innovate if it is to continue to provide cutting edge care, however it also needs to lead the way when it comes to the wider concerns of running a dynamic and sustainable concern.