By Lizzie Weakley
Keeping up with the latest technology is vital for the success of your clinic. As the healthcare landscape becomes more competitive, having advanced equipment can attract new patients and retain current ones. Technological innovations can also make your clinic more efficient by reducing diagnosis and treatment time. Here are four technologies to consider adding to your practice today.
Advanced Ultrasound Machines
Ultrasound is a safe, effective and non-invasive way to view internal parts of the body. However, the most well-known use of ultrasound is during prenatal exams to check the health of the fetus and give the parents a first look at their new baby. Adding advanced ultrasound technology, such as 3D and 4D ultrasounds, to your practice can not only improve diagnostic capabilities but also bring in revenue from expecting parents who are willing to pay extra for more detailed images.
The use of a thermal camera to diagnose and monitor certain medical condition is one of the biggest recent advancements in healthcare. Unlike many other imaging technologies, thermal imaging is completely safe and painless with no radiation exposure. This technology is often used to help detect breast cancer by measuring the heat signatures produced by the blood vessels surrounding a tumor.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. While the aggressive type called melanoma only accounts for one percent of these cancers, it is responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths. A non-invasive optical scanning technology known as MelaFind may revolutionize the early detection of this deadly cancer and reduce the need for painful biopsies. MelaFind is an easy-to-use handheld device that can analyze moles and lesions deep below the skin.
Many people find it difficult to fit doctor appointments into their busy schedules. Telemedicine is a great way to reach these patients and help them manage their health more effectively. Conducting appointments via video conference allows patients to be seen and treated from their home, office or on the go. Another use of telemedicine is robotic technology in hospitals. Robot nurses equipped with video can check in on patients and free up staff for more important tasks.
Remember, just having advanced technology in your clinic isn’t enough. You must also invest in experienced, well-trained staff who can put that technology to use. Many advanced pieces of medical equipment require special training in order to use them effectively. Don’t forget to budget for training and new hires when considering a technology upgrade.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.
Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.