Many hospitals that have relied solely on their brick and mortar facilities are now realizing that their physical location is only a part of the health care arsenal they can wield. While hospital facilities are valuable, rare and difficult to reproduce, they often limit their accessibility to those that are geographically local and sufficiently mobile to take advantage of an in-person visit. Beyond the physical structure, the most valuable asset that the hospital employs are its expert physicians. With the appropriate digital infrastructure, their expertise can be deployed well beyond the four walls of the facility.
As 2019 comes to a close, we rounded up our top ten blog posts from the past year. The biggest trends we noticed in our most-read content shows an interest in patient-focused solutions and shifts in healthcare delivery, especially in regards to patient preferences and technological developments.
How we approach healthcare is changing. Patients, even those who have a strong relationship with their primary care physician (PCP) often forgo the traditional office appointment for the convenience of urgent care clinics. Customer-centric technology companies such as Google and Amazon are increasingly venturing into the healthcare field — no surprise, considering nearly one fifth of the United States’ GDP is spent on healthcare — offering a spectrum of patient-focused and directed services, many of which can be accessed easily from a laptop or cellphone. These services seem to resonate with the modern consumer, particularly those who are technologically literate enough to utilize them. Are older generations being left behind in this move towards increasingly digital and consumer-centric healthcare? We spoke to millennial expert Amelie Karam to get her perspective on the differences in healthcare behavior between generations in the United States.
A breast cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. Depending upon the recommended treatment, many patients may want to get a second opinion from another subspecialist before proceeding. This process can be burdensome for everyone involved - you, your patient and the physician providing a second opinion - thanks to the antiquated method of sharing mammograms - gathering your information by mailing CDs or sending faxes (or, even worse - mailing the film itself!)
At the recent Rock Health Summit in San Francisco, a digital healthcare conference focused on tackling healthcare’s biggest challenges, one panelist told a tale that feels all too familiar:
A patient walked into his surgeon’s office ready for his scheduled operation. As requested, he brought along a CD containing a copy of his spine image… only for the surgeons to realize there was no CD drive in the operating room to read it!