IT innovations that transform healthcare

IT innovations that transform healthcareThe mere mention of the word “technology” elicits a certain expectation. Namely, that we’re dealing with something that’s modern, new, and has the potential to change our lives. In healthcare, new and transformative solutions are constantly being created. Here are some you should know about.

The “internet of things”

The “internet of things” (IoT) literally means that more “things” other than computers are being connected to the internet. People, cars, buildings, household objects, etc. will all be fitted with sensors and network connectivity that will allow them to send and receive data over the internet.

The implication for healthcare providers is all about data capture and analysis, as this kind of technology will allow physicians to have access to patients’ vital signs on demand: blood pressure, body temperature, glucose levels, and respiratory rate will be read, analyzed, and recorded, all while patients remain in the comfort of their home.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence

Computers are programmed to do everything from making coffee to flying planes. But with machine learning and artificial intelligence, they can also track terabytes of health information culled from electronic health records (EHRs), laboratory tests, and recommend an appropriate diagnosis.

The need for highly trained doctors in hospitals won’t go away anytime soon, but AI could enable organizations to provide speedy treatments and improve patient turnover.

A virtual healthcare reality

By simply donning a special virtual reality (VR) headset, a user can be “tricked” into thinking they’re in an environment that they’re not. And the technology is already being used to treat autism and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as conduct training in emergency response and patient diagnosis.

But it’s the future possibilities that defy belief: imagine a doctor in a big city being “transported” via VR to a rural clinic in the countryside to interact with patients, participate in evaluating them, and even perform their surgeries.

This sort of scenario isn’t as far-fetched as it may sound, and it may not even be that far off, either. So now might not be a bad time to evaluate how these futuristic-sounding advances — these disruptive technologies — might impact your future.

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I'm the COO of CPTech, LLC. A locally private owned IT consulting firm located in Dallas, TX. About 4 years ago the dangers of data breaches and cybercrimes scared me to death and I realized I needed to not just focus on superior IT services, but to become a cyber security expert. Not just for my client’s data alone, but their computer network as a whole. Every day I read about compromised data and how widespread the problem is, and I know that the decision to stay on top of the ever-changing lava lamp appearance of threats is the best decision I have made. We do offer customized budget friendly IT solutions and act as the IT department for small to large companies. We can also work alongside your current IT department to give an outsiders opinion on how your IT infrastructure is configured. But if you are looking for a result driven professional, leading a team of professionals, with a focus on security, data protection, and helping solve the problem – then we have you covered.