In the last twenty years many different types of businesses and services have received a complete overhaul due to advances in electronics. Healthcare is just one of these businesses. With the revolutions in computing power and technology, body scans, testing, and surgery have all had their effectiveness, not to mention their level of safety, improved. However, many think there is much more technology can do to improve healthcare.
“Health 2.0” is the idea that the use of mobile technologies and applications can make collaboration between different medical facilities more convenient for patients and providers alike. Medicaid for example is currently a bureaucratic mess of paperwork. Mobile healthcare apps can streamline this process by using database virtualization to organize all of this data. By having a patient fill out a single form and then scanning it into one of these mobile healthcare applications, the information can then be disseminated, and accessed by all of the patient’s doctors and facilities.
Medical text messaging is just one way which data can be more freely distributed among healthcare professionals. However, the idea of freer exchange of this sensitive private information raises many concerns when it comes to retaining HIPAA standards. When writing one of these applications special care needs to be paid to the backup, archiving, access, and database security of each file that is put into it in order to guarantee that the data can’t be stolen. If special attention is paid to each one of these areas then there is no reason why Hipaa compliant text messaging can’t become an accepted standard in the medical community in the future.
Emerging technologies such as medical text messaging will no doubt come into their own as the issue of security is addressed. The Netherlands already engages in electronic record keeping to the tune of nearly ninety nine percent participation throughout the country. When compared to the forty six percent of American health facilities utilizing electronic record keeping, it becomes clear just how far behind the United States really is.