Healthcare Use of Interoperability is getting more and more advanced and as such is beginning to play a bigger role in the healthcare industry. In case you are wondering what Interoperability means, fret not. I will define Interoperability before I move on to talking about the role it plays in the healthcare industry.
According to Techopedia:
“Interoperability is the property that allows for the unrestricted sharing of resources between different systems. This can refer to the ability to share data between different components or machines, both via software and hardware, or it can be defined as the exchange of information and resources between different computers through local area networks (LANs) or wide area networks (WANs). Broadly speaking, interoperability is the ability of two or more components or systems to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged.”
Technology and Interoperability Related Improvements in Healthcare
Improved Cancer Treatment
The research on cancer treatment has seen new leaps and bounds in the last decade. In 2018 Stanford University announced new achievements in their cancer research. They announced a clinical trial that would test potential cancer-curing medication. The treatment involves injecting immune-stimulating agents into solid tumors. If the human trials are successful it will mean a new breakthrough in the treatment of all kinds of cancer.
Spotting Diseases Early
With new technology early diagnosis becomes possible. Being able to spot disease early means that the disease can be treated and its spread prevented. One main early diagnosis breakthrough has been the early diagnosis possibility of Hyperkalemia. Hyperkalemia is a medical condition where a patient has a high level of potassium in their blood. This then usually leads to kidney troubles or diabetes. Some of the symptoms of Hyperkalemia are chest pain, reduced pulse, etc. Hyperkalemia can be detected by a blood test. However, with this technological breakthrough recognized by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a breakthrough device can detect potassium levels in a b=persons bloodstream using artificial intelligence and ECG (electrocardiograms) technology.
Improved Patient Monitoring
New technology has made it possible to have improved patient monitoring. This is especially useful and advantageous for older patients that need to be monitored. A new ECG app that was produced is connected to monitoring devices with electrodes built into the back of the watch take data on your heart’s electrical impulses to detect abnormalities that may suggest an irregular heart rhythm. The data is saved over time which can then be used for further diagnosis or ongoing treatment for patients. Another feature of the wearable device is if a patient falls it can automatically detect it and place a call to emergency services.
Advancement in Endometriosis Treatment
Endometriosis is a medical condition that affects lots of women and is more common than most people know. Diagnosing endometriosis can be quite expensive as it requires invasive and expensive testing. A new technology company has invented technology that can carry out non-invasive testing for endometritis. Having this kind of technology in clinics and fertility clinics will go a long way to improve quality of care and early treatment.
Advancement in Stroke Treatment
Stroke is a common medical condition and thankfully, a new treatment called deep brain stimulation is soon going to be able to act as therapy for patients who suffer from stroke to regain their motor movements and motor functions. There have been successful clinical trials that have led to the trial participants to make vast improvements after suffering a stroke. The trial has been slated to continue and it has received additional funding so it’s looking up for the healthcare industry. Patients who suffer from stroke will have the chance to gain better motor functions post-stroke and heal faster.
Another technological advancement in this area is the use of wearable devices to help patients who suffered from stroke get better faster. This wearable device has sensors that stick to the skin and can be work in various areas of the body. The device will collect data from the patient’s body and send this data to clinicians for real-time monitoring. It will help hospitals track patients health and track their healing speed and adaptability after being discharged. This will also help reduce hospital readmission.
Advancement in Improving Migraine Treatments
Migraines are a common condition and lots of people suffered from it. There have been several cases of new treatments for migraines and lately, the FDA approved a migraine injection that could prevent migraines from occurring. It showed success in clinical trials and is expected to help a lot of patients who suffer from regular migraines.
Insulin Control for Diabetes Patients
Patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes have to constantly control their blood sugar and make sure their sugar levels do not go up. A new glucose monitoring device is said to be able to automatically regulate the blood sugar levels of patients to prevent the blood sugar from unexpectedly spiking up. This insulin pump was recently FDA approved for use in children ages 7 to 13. It is expected to make diabetes management more bearable.
A New Drug for Parkinsons
Some research has shown that ketamine could be a reliable control drug for patients suffering from Parkinsons disease. Existing treatments drugs for Parkinsons disease come with severe side effects. Researches and doctors believe they can control the mind-altering effects of ketamine and make it a drug to treat Parkinsons disease.