2019 is here, but is your medical practice ready to take on the challenges and changes this year? The healthcare industry is known for its ever-changing landscape, so now is the time to begin monitoring emerging trends in the medical field in order to get a head start on this year’s success. On top of that, now is a great time to start investing in digital and physical infrastructure that can give your practice an edge over the competition. Below are just a few of the changes that healthcare practitioners can expect to see in the coming months:
A Stronger Focus on Digital Security
Digital security is important in running any type of business, but it becomes a much more serious topic when it relates to patient care. If you’ve paid any attention to the news in recent months, you’ve likely heard about the various hacking attacks that have disrupted everything from movie releases to credit card storage methods at retailers. Hackers also target healthcare companies because the data that they can potentially steal can be used for all kinds of crimes, including identity theft, and if your patients’ data is breached, you and they may be facing a number of serious challenges. In addition, failing to properly secure patient data against cyberthreats may come along with legal penalties under HIPPA laws. As a result, it’s never too early to review your practice’s digital security methods and upgrade accordingly.
Mobile Health along with Mobile Technology is the Emerging Trend
In keeping with a focus on technology, healthcare professionals are turning more and more to mobile technology in order to offer patient care. In fact, many patients are even expecting to be able to use mobile technology in their treatment plans. Tablet PCs are now replacing paper charts, and some healthcare professionals are also offering remote consulting through smartphones and other mobile devices. Mobile technology can also provide physicians with the ability to work at multiple locations across the country through cloud-based computing. A cloud-based system stores patient data on a remote server and this data can be accessed using a variety of devices from virtually anywhere that an Internet connection can be established.
Tying Everything Together Using Medical Office Software
Of course, at the heart of the above mentioned changes is medical software that ties everything together. Software is what allows a practice management system to thrive and take advantage of mobile technology, patient record management, scheduling, system security, and more. As a result, you’ll want to make sure that your practice is currently partnering with a trusted practice management company that can deliver the right software solutions for your practice and its patients. With the right software systems in place, you’ll stand a better chance of not only increasing revenues, but also of building brand loyalty by providing patients with more efficient, effective care on their terms.
To learn more about how you can use healthcare software solutions to make 2019 your best year yet, contact PracticeSuite by visiting www.practicesuite.com.
Last Updated on January 27, 2016