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After EHRs and online scheduling, what are the next patient-focused technologies you should consider?

Why is it that you can now scan and pay for your groceries while you shop, schedule a massage online, and deposit a check via smartphone, but in many doctors’ offices patients are still handed a clipboard to fill out paper forms and a stack of dull pamphlets to read? Health care is notorious for being behind the times when it comes to technology. And yet, there are proven benefits to adopting the right tools and software, for your patients and your practice.Read More

Interactive tools can increase patient satisfaction and streamline your practice

Patients are more proactive than ever about researching their treatment options and partnering with their doctors to receive the best care possible. The concept of shared decision making (SDM) in health care has been around for a long time, and so has the practice of using patient decision aids (PDAs) such as educational literature, videos, and interactive tools. Yet it’s only fairly recently that their benefits have been studied. “More than 100 published, randomized trials using PDAs have shown many benefits,” according to the Health Affairs blog. Read More

It’s safe, more affordable than ever, and useful for numerous indications

If there is one compelling example of the value of ultrasound technology in eye care, it’s an experience I had this past year. I was conducting a retina workshop at the Review of Optometry New Technology and Treatments Conference. To demonstrate how to obtain an ultrasound image, I asked for a volunteer with a pathology or symptom that would warrant a potential B-scan.Read More

From new hearing aids and sleep apnea devices to innovative patient education, tech is transforming medicine

On average, Americans currently spend more than $10,000 a year per person on health care, according to ENTtoday. This is “a dramatic and unsustainable increase” from the average of $160 spent in 1960, stated the publication, adding, “The only real mechanism for both decreasing the cost and improving quality in medicine is through innovation and the creation of new technologies.”Read More

The growing role of voice assistants in health care

Judging by the number of commercials advertising “smart speakers,” voice technology is going to be big this holiday season. In 2017, almost 44 million voice assistants were sold, and these devices are penetrating the U.S. market even faster than smartphones. Retailers are banking on consumers wanting to ask Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant, “What’s the weather like today?”Read More

New technology is on the horizon that can help you streamline your practice

New technologies are emerging that will transform ophthalmology and optometry. They may not be the ones that are on your radar, however. “While the eye care world has been fixated on telemedicine and online eye exams, robots are set to impact our 21st century world,” wrote Thomas A. Wong, O.D. in the Optometry Times.Read More