New technologies help doctors achieve precision, efficiency

Though house calls may have been replaced by video screens, and instruments in the little black bag by sophisticated imaging, today’s doctors are every bit as dedicated to patient welfare as their predecessors. Thanks to emerging technologies, they can diagnose problems with amazing precision and deliver faster, more efficient care. While we officially take a moment on March 30 to celebrate Doctors’ Day in the era of high-tech medicine, we can always show our appreciation to medical practitioners.

Healthcare IT at the forefront

Health IT infrastructure is very much on doctors’ minds these days. Medical device integration, new payment models and security are some of the hot topics that were discussed at this year’s Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, a gathering of more than 40,000 doctors, health IT professionals, healthcare executives and vendors from around the world.

One session demonstrated how physicians can reduce IT costs and increase agility by using cloud computing and unified access. Other presentations showed how doctors can optimize drug dose checking to prevent errors and achieve an automated, fully paperless office environment — while avoiding security breaches and staying in compliance.

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