As the US Healthcare industry undergoes a digital transformation, we see an increase in the impact of electronic health data across the healthcare ecosystem. Cloud, along with robotic automation, artificial intelligence, next generation analytics, cognitive computing and other technologies are opening new opportunities for collaboration and innovation.
Research on Leveraging Tech in Healthcare
Based on an analysis from Deloitte, healthcare organizations can improve their efficiency using cloud, analytics along with mobile and social engagement. These broad categories hold the potential to help healthcare organizations streamline inefficiencies, reduce costs, improve quality, and demonstrate value.
Industries such as Entertainment, Consumer Goods, and Banking who have experience in these technologies show that while each of these can have their own benefits, they are better together. Their joint application can improve the Healthcare Management Processes and increase efficiency and lower costs.
Findings from a survey of Healthcare Information Tech IT leaders found that US Health Systems could save a total of $23.4 billion by implementing these technologies. Take a look at the infographic below:
As the availability of social and mobile data are increasing, cloud storage and computing capabilities are enabling healthcare organizations to access highly customizable and scalable IT resources and services. Here we see an interesting trend in the healthcare industry as they are moving their systems towards off-premise app capabilities to reduce costs and focus on mission-critical activities.
Robotic Process Automation for Healthcare
Robotic Process automation is proving to be a great opportunity for the healthcare industry as cited by CIO on a report by Transparency Marketing Research. They predict that the global IT Robotic Automation market will be worth USD $4.98 billion by 2020, which means a lot of virtual robots being deployed in healthcare. What will all these virtual robots be doing?
Virtual Robots can be used to streamline the management processes and replace the time consuming and tedious tasks. This service can be used for:
- Testing, monitoring systems 24/7
- Promptly capturing errors
- Sending alerts via text or email
- Helping in scheduling appointments
- Helping patients access to their lab results
What Should Healthcare Organizations Do?
We believe that the healthcare industry is moving along on the adoption curve to take advantage of the cloud. Technologies like virtual robots are newer, yet present an opportunity to improve patient experience, increase efficiency and lower costs. At a time when regulations are impacting income, we feel that healthcare organizations can leverage these technologies by first understanding what is out there, and evaluating what is a right fit for their organization. As a start, the low hanging fruit is the utilization of cloud services that can help balance the objectives of being patient-centric, data-driven healthcare delivery while remaining compliant and secure.
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