Healthcare is steadily evolving with the growth of digital technology and improved efficiencies. Although most working professionals have access to healthcare coverage, the costs and time associated with treatment can be insurmountable. For this reason, many providers and organizations are introducing new ways for more convenient patient care. Now, many advancements in the healthcare industry are happening outside of hospitals.
Mobile Dental Care
Healthcare insurance is great to have, but many professions lack time to visit the doctor. Henry the Dentist is a mobile dentist office that comes to you. The mobile dentistry fleet was founded in 2017. Now, it operates in four states, with over 70 partnerships. Justin Joffe and Alexandria Ketcheson, co-founders of Henry the Dentist, share backgrounds in retail, not dentistry. The focus of the business is on the customer experience, catering to those who have access to dental care but lack the time 1. For instance, Unilever recently conducted a survey that revealed that 55% of its employees hadn’t received a dental checkup in over two years. Henry the Dentist can now help patients save time while simultaneously getting back on a regular schedule for their dental care.
NHS Says Goodbye to Pagers
The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK has traditionally used pagers as a means of communication between doctors in hospitals. However, individuals like Dr. Lydia Yarlott are changing communication methods. Dr. Yarlott is a junior doctor who founded Forward, a free app for doctors and nurses to exchange messages 2 about patient decisions and managing workload. Now, over 10,000 NHS staff use Forward. The app has helped replaced less reliable alternatives like WhatsApp, landlines, and radio pagers. As a result of Forward’s efficiency, users are saving an average of 45 minutes per shift.
Voice Recognition for Patients
Voice activated commands propel healthcare advancement. A new study shows that Google Assistant is the front-runner (ahead of Alexa and Siri) for helping patients with their drugs. Voice recognition is quickly becoming an integral part of effective patient care. Over 50 of the most common medications were a part of the test. Google Assistant was able to understand 92% of the brand name medicines 3 and 84% of generics. Comparisons for Alexa and Siri did not go above 60% understanding for either name brand or generic medications. We now may see voice recognition apps striving to be compliant with healthcare regulations and standards.
Digital transparency is infiltrating the daily tasks of all business sectors, including healthcare. However, a patient’s needs now extend outside of the walls of hospitals. For this reason, businesses and healthcare professionals must continue to explore various methods to drive innovation. The healthcare industry will only continue to thrive as new ideas are encouraged and brought to the forefront.
1 This Startup Is Bringing The Dentist To Your Office by Kenrick Cai
2 How One Junior Doctor Is Developing Tech To Modernize the NHS by Nicholas Farn
3 Google Assistant Is Better Than Alexa and Siri at Helping Patients with Their Drugs, Study Finds by Christina Farr