In the turmoil of one of the hardest years the healthcare industry has experienced, many healthcare organizations innovated nearly overnight, transforming bedside tablets into virtual care providers and parking garages into field hospitals. Through the help of agile, flexible technology, healthcare has empowered providers to support patient care anywhere.
The pandemic created a tipping point: The healthcare industry must accelerate its drive toward a digital-first mentality. Organizations further along in their digital transformation journeys have proven themselves more adaptable and resilient to the new way of delivering healthcare today and in the months to come.
Good care relies on relevant, timely, and secure information. Prior to the pandemic, sharing patient information quickly and securely was already a challenge. When the healthcare workforce was moved off-site or required to adhere to strict social distancing protocols for provider and patient safety, this was further amplified. For example, vital team members such as radiologists were taken out of the hospital’s four walls to limit the potential exposure for themselves and their patients— but radiologists still require high-bandwidth, secure access to patient images to do their work.
Change is everywhere in the healthcare industry. In the past, it may have been criticized for not readily adopting new technologies. Now, according to findings from a study conducted by MIT Technology Review Insights, that’s no longer the case. The study found 89 percent of healthcare executives are accelerating their digital transformation efforts. Close to half (44 percent) anticipate budget increases and more than half (51 percent) are increasing investments in the patient experience.
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