Two Healthcare Tech Innovations that Could Mean Big News for Healthcare

The healthcare industry has seen big changes over the past few years. With tech giants moving into the healthcare space, it’s not a stretch to say some are skeptical about the relationship between tech and healthcare.

But a look at the healthcare sector as a whole – like any industry – shows some spaces where new advancements in technology can help fill in necessary gaps. And in the case of healthcare, where there’s more than just time management on the line, we would be remiss to not take the time and look at it from an objective point of view.

The Advantage of Tech Advances

While AI is still in its infancy, we see signs of a promising future. Even though the integration that’s taken place between AI and the medical field has been limited to this point, it appears as though we can expect great results to come from the evolving relationship between man and machine.

In the healthcare field, we’ve already seen AI help minimize staffing challenges, monitor health status, and help homecare assistants stay informed about patients’ statuses. One form of AI that is doing a great job with this is Cerebro.

Hospitals require staffing day and night, and hospitals often rely on inefficient staffing agencies to meet the needs of both patients and staff. But seldom do agencies find the necessary staff, and a shortage at times is something that is painstakingly all too familiar to those in the healthcare sector.

But this is where the genius of Cerebro comes into play. Cerebro allows:

  1. Faster fill times. Staff can use the Cerebro app which allows them to find and request shifts. The app uses AI to notify staff it deems would be a good fit for the task at hand.
  2. Staffing flexibility: Cerebro doesn’t require minimum contract times. In this way, hospitals can find the help they need exactly when they need it.
  3. Higher fill rates: Cerebro doesn’t just benefit hospitals. It also directly benefits staff, too. Staff on Cerebro can experience 30% more pay than those with a staffing agency.

Blockchain

News of blockchain has spread to a number of different agencies. Real estate, tech, and now the healthcare industry are all experiencing what some deem to be the “communication of the future.”

So, what is blockchain?

Blockchain is a permanent database that exists in multiple locations shared by a community. The end goal of blockchain in the healthcare industry would be a decentralized medical record system that is independent of electronic medical records (EMRs).

Why is it important?

Communication in healthcare is notoriously poor. In the city of Boston alone, there are 26 different EMRs, each with their own language and workflow. Often, critical information gets scattered across networks, and sometimes it isn’t even accessible. Frustrating? Certainly. Irresponsible? Some would say yes — but this is also the perfect environment for blockchain to potentially play a role.

John Halamka, the chief information officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, thinks the integration of blockchain into healthcare won’t just help resolve barriers in the continuity of communication, but it can also help save lives. With that said, it still looks like we are a ways off from full adoption. But, the future certainly looks promising.

While the healthcare industry is far from optimized, it’s likely that recent innovations will lead to future revolutions, helping to put power back into the hands of the patient and more assistance in the hands of the physician. It’s a work in progress but the recent increase in awareness of the subject is proof of a generation looking to improve the current conditions.