Hospitals are interesting buildings. The building design must serve both the sick who receive care and all the healthy people on-site who in some way or other are responsible for their care. These healthy people must be protected from germs and microorganisms that could result in an outbreak of an illness or disease. Multiple aspects of building design along with many protocols for moving about the building are in place to ensure the safety of all.
In this article, we will take a closer look at three tools that keep hospitals safe: SaMD (Software as a Medical Devices), Blockchain, and Data Loggers. We will also touch on why new technology has become a good fit for the healthcare industry.
Software as a medical device is a class of medical software that can perform one or more medical functions without requiring hardware. SaMD is normally used in concert with non-medical computing platforms. These platforms are generally connected to either general-use hardware or virtual networks. SaMD products serve many different purposes but are related more to diagnosis, modernizing care, disease prevention, or illness or injury treatment.
Software as a medical device has many advantages. In addition to assisting with faster discovery, management, and treatment of many medical problems, SaMD can collect a large amount of data within a short timeframe. This typically results in improved medical outcomes due to the accuracy of the data collected. The data collection process, which provides high-quality data, is fast and simple. This better data contributes to improved medical outcomes. By using various platforms, SaMD can be used successfully in several different applications.
Blockchain is an interesting tool in the healthcare industry. Originally developed in 2009 as the foundation used in trading digital currency, blockchain technology creates a permanent record of online transactions and exchanges which can be shared on a computer network. Users on that network can access the files and add to them when needed. This eliminates the need for a central database since the blockchain database is shared with the networks.
The security in place is extremely high level and intricate. All activity on the blockchain is secured by cryptography; any information added to the system must be verified and approved by the network. The process is called mining. Blockchain is attractive to the medical industry because it provides a method for all users to interoperate. This brings about faster results on many different levels and meets the privacy needs of all medical documents stored in the database.
Companies such as Dickson provide data loggers along with systems of monitoring software designed to help large networks like hospitals manage their monitoring. In a hospital setting, nothing is more crucial than keeping the temperature under control. This is particularly true for storage facilities inside hospitals and hospital pharmacies. They store such items as vaccines and blood which must be kept at the right temperature or they will spoil. The same goes for liquid samples.
How a data logger can track these variables is simple. A data logger is programmed to ensure that the room or storage temperature remains within a specific range. If the temperature falls outside of that range, the data logger will alert someone to rectify the situation. Data loggers in this application are typically used to track and record temperature and humidity levels. They do this with onboard sensors. The data collected can be downloaded to a computer or phone for analysis.
Why New Technology Fits With Healthcare
There are three main reasons why the new technology is a good fit for today’s healthcare systems. They include the following:
Treatment is Better and More Accessible
Technology has permitted healthcare professionals to reach those individuals who may not have regular access to a doctor or clinic. With remote access, even residents in rural regions can have a doctor make a house call via phone, laptop, or tablet to discuss and diagnose health issues.
Care is Improved and More Efficient
Handheld devices give medical personnel who work directly with patients easy access to files that can show anything from previous visits to recent test results. With this data right at their fingertips, medical professionals can provide improved patient care. It also means that data collection – with the blockchain – is secure.
Healthcare and Disease Control is Improved with Software
Technology continues to evolve. Current programs are always being updated and new programs are developed. With the ongoing changes and improvements to technology, software used to diagnose and formulate treatment plans will grow and create a massive library of software to ease the workload of doctors and nurses.
Together, They Make A Good Team
There is no doubt that new technology has added many positive results to the healthcare industry. From computer data to handheld devices, the tools required to help sick people get better are getting smaller and smarter. Outcomes continue to improve as medical personnel gain greater skill with both patient care and better access to tools that permit them to focus on the tasks they were trained to deal with directly. The assistance provided by technology has also prevented many medical professionals from burn-out with improvement of the data collection and retrieval systems. Today’s technology is only a start. Imagine what the future has in store for us?
Hospitals require very different standards than other public facilities. They require a different set of tools to keep the hospital compliant with these standards. Software and medical devices assist medical personnel in ways that would have never before been possible and with quicker and more improved positive results. Blockchain technology has brought together all medical professionals so that their data is easier to access and share on a completely secure network.
This results in quicker diagnosis and more positive outcomes. Data loggers act as the eyes and ears of the hospital, monitoring temperatures and humidity in places where sensitive products must be kept cool to prevent spoilage or loss of effectiveness. Thanks to today’s new technology, these tools are working to help save lives and improve the quality of service in the healthcare industry.
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