As the healthcare industry expands, providers and organisations are leaning on and embracing innovative forms of technology to improve the most important facet of healthcare, that being patient care. Because patient care is a deeply interpersonal element of healthcare, the implementation of technology represents a potential threat to the face-to-face feature of patient care. Although, improvements in predictive healthcare technology could amount to both technological adoption and improved patient care, without the loss of personal interaction.
Healthcare professionals at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust are embracing Microsoft products in order to bolster patient care, after financial cuts to the NHS have undercut the ability of healthcare professionals to conduct efficient patient care. The Bristol based organisation will be working with Microsoft, as well as in tandem with IT healthcare firms System C and Graphnet, to build specific predictive technology, according to Health IT Central.
Microsoft technologies will utilise learning and analytics, enabling healthcare professionals to find trends and patterns in the health of specific patients. This will allow doctors to create customised care plans for their patients. Further technologies, like wearable devices, will be able to track exercise, heart rate, sleep patterns, and temperature in an effort to track body trends that can be associated with epilepsy and seizures. Finally, features that allow doctors and patients to hold video-calls via Skype over a secured and private system will widen options for patient-doctor communication. The system security of the calls allows for information shared in communication to be stored for clinical records.
Machine learning and predictive technology will make strides in alleviating some of the tumult involved in patient care by providing benefits and efficiency to patients, without sacrificing interpersonal interaction between healthcare professionals and their patients. This will help to eliminate paperwork and rushed meetings in lieu of effective and proficient technology that will burgeon the doctor-patient relationship.