Quality Initiatives

Quality Initiatives and Healthcare Digitization

 quality initiatives and healthcare digitization

When it comes to healthcare Quality Initiatives, there are new and improved ways that they can be implemented. The healthcare industry is no longer the way it used to be where there were minimal solutions available for healthcare issues. Now there is a digital transformation taking place and a  burst of big data and these changes are expected to revolutionize the industry. Every day there is a new trend popping up and a new technology. There are a lot more digital startups focusing on healthcare than there ever was and the healthcare industry has gotten used to embracing new ideas and innovative technology. Let’s discuss some of these trends

rise in patient engagement
and mobile technologies

The increased use of mobile technologies has led to a rise in patient engagement overall. More individuals can be more engaged with their healthcare because receiving and giving health has now been merged with mobile devices and other consumer devices that are easily accessible. As the healthcare industry continues to invest in the creation of online platforms and mobile applications that can keep patients more engaged this trend will continue to rise. More and more patients are getting on board with this and the healthcare organizations that do not adapt will be left behind and will lose any competitive edge they have. Healthcare organizations can get on board with this trend by partnering with providers, tapping online resources, and relying on technology. Some of the mobile technologies that are more common are pedometers like the Fitbit or the Apple watch (which has a lot more other functions and uses). As wearable technology continues to advance, healthcare organizations will be able to capture vital statistics, monitor patient compliance, streamline processes and better coordinate care. They will also help to aggregate data, provide predictive analytics, and change not only how patient health is managed, but how hospitals are organized.

growth of telemedicine

Telemedicine has been slowly gaining more momentum in the healthcare industry. Reports have shown that telemedicine is expected to be worth more than $34 billion by the end of 2020. One place that it is growing the fastest is in North America which accounts for over 40 percent of the telemedicine global market. There are many reasons why telemedicine is growing so rapidly and continues to be in high demand, one of those is the increasingly aged population, growth in the incidence of chronic diseases, and a rapid rise in the software and technology market. Another factor responsible for the rise of telemedicine is the shift to value-based-care. The inner workings of value-based care call for patients to have a shorter length of stays. So with this, hospitals try to cut the stay of patients in the hospitals by monitoring them at home using telemedicine.

use of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is the most groundbreaking technology of our time. Artificial intelligence, or AI, is a term that refers to the ability of machines, such as computers, to exhibit cognitive behaviors characteristic of the human thought process. These include the ability to sift data and learn from it. Artificial intelligence has helped all industries including the healthcare industry. Artificial intelligence is a very broad subject and it has different areas to it. The different areas of artificial intelligence have been applied to the healthcare industry in different ways. Cognitive computing has helped healthcare providers to be able to analyze the growing patient data. Cognitive computing is helping providers to analyze the surge in patient data to advance the quality and value of patient care, guided surgery, and more.

Another use of artificial intelligence is its ability to processes big data at a fast and efficient pace. There are data processing and data visualization tools that exist but when it comes to big data, they don’t possess the right capacity to be able to handle it. This is where artificial intelligence and its components such as machine learning and natural language processing come in.

turning big data into
actionable insights

So I mentioned big data briefly above and how it can be processed using artificial intelligence. Big data has a lot of potential but healthcare organizations need to be able to harness this resource the right way before they can reap the benefits. Put more succinctly, healthcare organizations need to be able to turn big data into actionable insights. A lot of actionable insights are basically information that can be acted upon and information that gives enough knowledge and insight in the future growth of an organization. With actionable insights, decision-makers can make clearer decisions about strategy and new projects. When big data is properly mined, it can lead really precise and really clear accurate insights that can then be used for almost perfect decision making. This is because actionable insights are often the result of extensive data analytics and other data processing; in short, it is an analytics result that provides enough data for managers and organizations to make an informed decision.

conclusion of quality initiatives

Quality Initiatives

Quality Initiatives has gone beyond what it used to be decades ago. The mere presence of technology has transformed the landscape far beyond what anyone would have thought. And this is just the beginning. There is so much interest in the merging of technology with healthcare and so many new innovative collaborations in the pipeline. In the next decade, the healthcare landscape might look completely different from what it looks like now.