How technology disruptors can help improve patient care

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As technology continues to evolve within the healthcare space, hospitals and health systems must determine how to streamline innovation for their providers.

During Becker's Hospital Review's 5th Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle event in Chicago on Oct. 9, panelists discussed how technology is evolving across the healthcare industry. Kathleen Ferket, principal consultant at Ferket Advisory Services, moderated the panel, which featured the following panelists:

·         Shelton Monger, CIO and corporate compliance officer at Wayne HealthCare.
·         Christopher Kunney, senior vice president of healthcare IT at Coker Group.
·         S. David McSwain, MD, chief medical information officer at Medical University of South Carolina.
·         Gene Thomas, vice president and CIO at Memorial Hospital and Physicians Clinics at Gulfport.

Here are three takeaways from the session:

1. Hospitals are leveraging evolving technologies in both financial and clinical spaces. Some of these technologies include blockchain to help secure financial transactions and telehealth to support behavioral health patients.

2. Healthcare is evolving away from brick-and-mortar locations into the cloud and home-based technologies. This shift has been supported by machine learning, big data and predictive analytics because these technologies coupled with the EHR give patients access to their medical information regardless of their location.

3. The term "disruption" is often misused and overused in the healthcare space. Hospitals should not implement technology to disrupt the provider but to instead enhance care. To do this, the technology must be designed in a way that fits the clinicians' workflows and is presented to them as a way to benefit what they're already trying to do, which is take care of patients.

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