One of the healthcare benefits will be that basic communication amongst the health care staff will radically change. Most communication will be directly to the iPad, or Smartphone of the recipient, by text, email, or phone. And, if the health care provider cannot immediately answer, the message will be stored, and answered in an “asynchronous” fashion, hopefully in an fast, efficient way. Most likely, in 5 to 10 years, the hospital as we know it today, will be unrecognizable. There will be few phones, little paper, and lots of computer screen. There will be a lot of finger punching of screens, and sliding across screens. And since most of the records of the patients will be in the “cloud”, there will be no charts, as we know of today.
HOSPITALS WILL BE SMALLER IN FUTURE
Will the workplaces of provision of health care providers change? Yes, most definitely. There will be less centralized locations, and hospitals will decrease in services and size.
To show that other players in the Healthcare Industry feel the same about the impending future of hospitals being smaller, Kaiser Permanente recently held a design contest in May 2012, for bids to design a “Small Hospital of the Future“
Major surgery, and Emergencies will be handled at the main hospitals. Other services will be in outlying clinics, and private practice. There will not be a need for a big lab, because most of the lab work will be done by handheld devices at decentralized clinics, although there will be a few tests that will be outsourced to a central lab. Most likely, radiology will change radically; there will be less x-rays, and more optical scanning and ultrasonography. A lot of radiographic studies will be done with hand held devices, and swallowed or injected sensors.
Healthcare providers will be working in a more efficient, streamlined environment, and much testing will be done with hand-held devices, and very quickly at that. Studies will be interpreted by algorithms, programmed by radiologists, if not read quickly by the radiologist themselves; same with pathology slides. Many path slides will be read quickly, by handheld scanners, programmed by pathologists. There, too, there will be less need for centralization of radilogy and lab services.
Another facet that will change amongst health care providers in the Internet Age, will be the utilization of a tool, that has, heretherfore, had little use and influence; Big Data. Now, with doctors and hospitals getting increasingnly on line, and records of all patients, surgerys, test digtialized, Big Data can be used to analyze the date very quickly, and to greatly improve healthcare. Informatics is now a recognized sub-specialty to harness the potentially huge data tool, and this specialty will play an increasingly important role to distinguish the useful data from the uselss date in the oncominig tsunami of Big Data from all quarters of healthcare providers and patients.
Basically, it is not only new devices or technologies that are being discovered, but the tools themselves that discover the technologies that are being exponentially improved. And, because of Moore’s Law, the pace of new discoveries will only increase, probably exponentially.
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