Sometimes even faster than your phone battery drains! (Plug your phone in.) Staying up to date with medical tech can be difficult, since new healthcare tech stays expensive for a long time, and many facilities cannot acquire it for years after it is released.
But not every technological innovation is a big expensive piece of equipment. Here are some innovative uses of technology in healthcare that are developing in 2018 - check them out!
Maryland has instituted the use of an app to track prescriptions. iPrescribe is a tool for providers to keep track of the prescriptions they are giving to each patient. The goal is to prevent overprescribing. The providers may also see which medications are already being used for a particular patient. It will also provide data on up to 24 months of a patient’s medication history, and allow for secure communication among care teams and patients. The goal is for prescribers to be able to remain compliant with Maryland law and help prevent opioid overprescription or abuse among patients, without interrupting daily clinical workflow. > Check it out!
The Way Back
The Way Back is a virtual reality app and headset that can reignite memories in patients with dementia or Alzheimer's. The headset is inexpensive, and the app is free, giving patients a memory tool that doesn’t break their budget. The way it works is by showing the patients historical events that they would have been present for - like the coronation of the Queen. > Check it out!
Patients with dementia or alzheimer's can experience loneliness, isolation, and anxiety. It’s common knowledge now that pets help soothe individuals with anxiety, or help those with depression, but bringing actual animals into a nursing facility can be tricky, especially if some of the nurses or residents are allergic. The advantage of animatronic pets is that they are fur-free, and don’t need actual care (just maintenance!). Acting as their caretaker can have a soothing effect on the patients who care for them, as it brings structure back into their life. > Check it out!
Here’s to another year of healthcare innovation!
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