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How Technology Will Change Healthcare
How many times have you scheduled an appointment with a doctor because you didn’t feel very good? How much money did you end up having to spend to discover that there really wasn’t much wrong with you and that the doctor couldn’t do anything? Thanks to medical information apps that have been downloaded nearly 150 million times, medical information that used to be exclusively with the doctor is now online and accessible for free because of doctors. This can help each person decide if their symptoms really do warrant a trip to the doctor… or a trip to the store to purchase some chicken soup.
Why Will Health Insurance Exchanges Help?
The technology of the health insurance exchanges that are scheduled to come into effect will help people be able to choose which health plans are right for them. Many people have an employer sponsored healthcare plan simply because that’s the only one they can afford. The exchanges will allow for people to easily shop for comparable plans with better pricing structures than what their employer has. It is estimated that seniors who don’t have access to healthcare insurance will be halved in the next decade. More than half of people who currently buy their own insurance would also likely use the exchanges, also furthering the ability to be adequately covered.
Healthcare Will Have Explosive Job Growth
With medical data expanding exponentially today, the need for qualified IT personnel grows exponentially as well. With better access to healthcare records, doctors can better help patients who move to new locations, see a team of different doctors in different locations, or have complicated treatment plans. This access is dependent on the upkeep in the network, which is why the healthcare industry is expected to employ more than 20% more IT professionals in the next decade. This will greatly simplify the healthcare process and potentially drive costs down.
Why Is Driving Cost Down Important?
Within the next five years, the average expense per person for healthcare in the United States will be above $13,000. By then, it is expected that Medicare will be covering nearly 20% off all healthcare services that are rendered in the United States. That equals hundreds of millions of dollars! Just a 1% reduction in cost, therefore, would mean a savings that was over seven figures in size. Each measure that is taken to simplify the industry and improve coverage will ultimately improve the financial stability of the average American family, thus improving the economy in other sectors as well.
How Can You Help Healthcare Become Simplified?
Millions of people right now are using remote medical devices that can instantly alert a local medical institution to a medical emergency. By accessing information about medical symptoms and making an informed decision about seeing the doctor, fewer visits will clog up a doctor’s time, thus improving the overall care that can be provided to each patient. A little bit of work, along with the assistance of modern technology, will go a long way to simplifying the healthcare industry. Get on board today!