Heathcare in America is undergoing an industry-wide change. We are rapidly moving away from a model that focuses minutely on conditions and treatments, and moving towards one that considers the patient as a whole. This integrated, heterogeneous approach has become known as the patient-driven healthcare model, and it promises to change everything from the way we design hospital waiting rooms, to the way we educate doctors.
There is a lot that is revolutionary about patient-driven healthcare, but most of its greatest advancements stem from the intelligent use of data. When patients have more tools to track and store data about their health, doctors have more tools to monitor and analyze this data, and the system is fast and fluid enough to transmit communications back and forth, the implications are wide ranging:
- Patients can spend less time and money on unnecessary doctor visits.
- Doctors can spend more time talking with a patient and less time reading charts
- Patients will have the tools and education they need to make preventative care a priority
- Doctors can improve outcomes and develop innovative treatment strategies
- Patients can access specialized services like MRIs faster and at a lower cost
- Doctors can spend far less time on paperwork
It is impossible to overstate the scope of the change that the patient-driven healthcare model represents. Stakeholders at all levels will need to adopt new ways of thinking and abandon time-worn strategies. HIM professionals can play a significant role in smoothing out the transition and accelerating its pace. Since the patient-driven model is built on a foundation of information and technology, HIM has a crucial role to play in the next phase of healthcare. These are just a few of the ways that HIM professionals can help to usher in the future:
- Lowering the cost of devices and gadgets that monitor patient health data
- Making these devices more intuitive and user friendly
- Integrating input from doctors, nurses, and hospital administrators into evolving HIM strategies
- Improving our ability to track, store, and analyze health data
- Creating technologies that make it faster and more convenient for doctors and patients to communicate
- Helping to relieve the regulatory log jam that has kept patient-driven healthcare from being adopted more widely
- Finding ways to use technology to create speed, efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness throughout the system.
In order to take advantage of the opportunities created by the patient-driven healthcare model, it is essential that healthcare entities of all types and sizes have the HIM professionals they need on staff. Health data is useless without technical professionals to give it form, function, and context. Work with the staffing experts at MedPartners HIM to find to find the best, brightest, and most innovative talent out there.