Business Intelligence: Innovations in Healthcare Informatics

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The recent emergence of Cloud Business Intelligence (BI) Software in healthcare now provides medical professionals with enhanced networking capabilities and advanced healthcare informatics capabilities that were once previously costly and time-consuming.

Providers looking to build a new medical or dental practice can benefit greatly from BI technology and healthcare informatics.

Cloud-based software eliminates the need to hire additional staff, thus reducing operating costs. Moreover, providers who opt to use BI software and healthcare informatics in their practices can eliminate the need to rely on outsourced marketing companies.

One example of Bi software in healthcare is the ReferralMD/Physician Referral Management Platform in the Cloud. This software helps providers generate digital referral letters without relying on the traditional referral pad, which is time-consuming and requires door to door visits.

Another downside to relying on the traditional referral pad is that this method uses volumes of paperwork, is question specific to each specialty within the provider’s practice and it reduces the likelihood of generating an increase in patient referrals to the medical provider.

In contrast, Cloud and other BI and healthcare informatics software allows the medical provider more flexibility in scheduling, secure data storage of patient information while also enabling the providers to promote themselves to millions of patients and other providers.

Why is This Important?

In the past, Primary Care Providers (PCP’s) would be required to call a specialist to request medical forms in order to refer a patient to that specific specialist. PCP’s were also required to have 100″s of forms on file for every specialist to work with.

Unfortunately, upwards of 50% of patient referrals never resulted in a doctor’s visit, causing a huge gap in patient care. Furthermore, patients lost treatments and the facilities lost profits. Consequently, lack of timely patient care due to lapses in record keeping also subjected medical providers to potential malpractice lawsuits.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Healthcare

The evolution of virtual reality (VR) in the medical field has become one of the biggest trends in delivering safer and more efficient patient care. One example of VR and healthcare is VR Surgery Simulation, where surgeons and medical students alike gain practical knowledge and experience in a virtual environment.

Other uses for VR in healthcare include: Robotic surgery, phobia treatment and skills training.

Human Simulation Systems

The HumanSim system allows doctors and other medical personnel to interact with one another in a simulated environment.

VR Diagnostics

Innovative VR technology is also used as a diagnostic tool to enable doctors to arrive at a diagnosis in conjunction with other diagnostic tools, such as the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tool. VR in diagnostics also eliminates the need for invasive exploratory procedures, and even surgery.

VR Robotic Surgery

VR Robotic Surgery is performed using a robotic device controlled by a human surgeon. This technique decreases surgery time and the risk of complications during and after surgery.

Other Uses for VR in Healthcare

* VR in dentistry

* VR in medicine

* VR in nursing

* VR in therapy

* VR in PTSD treatment

* VR in autism treatment

* VR in treatment of people with disabilities

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