2013 was quite the year for healthcare. Between social change and actual medical advancements, it’s been a year to remember and one that will certainly wind up in the history books. In reviewing the year, it’s important to look back at some of the things that have helped healthcare get to where it is – some huge, some small (all of them important).
All of the following advancements in healthcare will no doubt have a major impact on where things go in 2014, and will affect patients, staff and everyone in between. Technology continues to advance incredibly fast, and the newer medications to hit the market are among the best to ever be available to patients.
Here are 3 of the biggest advancements in healthcare in 2013, each of which have changed the industry quite possibly forever.
If there’s one story that made the news in 2013 and perhaps dominated all others in the media, it was that of Obamacare. Obamacare will change the way the country gets health insurance in ways that have never truly been done in America, and it certainly has its fair share of proponents. It’s not without its detractors either, though, which has made for a great deal of controversy in news outlets over the course of the year. Regardless of how one feels about the health insurance marketplace, it’s important to learn how it might affect you, as you may be in for a rude awakening depending upon your situation. By the same token, however, Obamacare may be one of the best things that could happen to you, especially if you’re currently uninsured.
Healthcare equipment is advancing at an astonishing rate, and for this reason, it’s important to come up with ways in which we can streamline the implementation of new technology without sacrificing precious time with the patient. Automation has been shown to be an excellent solution to this issue, and offices are running more smoothly than ever in the past. The implementation of automated controls combined with practice management software and medical billing/coding procedures has made for an entirely new viewpoint on what it means to be a productive office. As automation technology continues to advance, it’s safe to say it will play a vital role in the future of the healthcare industry.
New Method of Scanning for Melanoma
Melanoma is a deadly disease that unfortunately kills 9,600 Americans each year. As with any cancer, early detection is key when trying to minimize the severity of melanoma, and a new handheld device has had a dramatic impact on the ease of looking for this cancer. It’s noninvasive, uses imaging technology to read results and costs only $0.50 per scan. In an age where melanoma is truly a huge problem, the better scanning technology like this gets, the bigger an impact it will have on the world.
2014 will surely be a big year for healthcare (as was 2013), especially if the advancements outlined above have anything to do with it.