With the Affordable Care Act changing the way hospitals are paid, leaders are now seeking out ways to reduce costs while increasing the level of care given to their patients. Many technological innovations in the healthcare industry are directed towards value-based care, and these are some the ones that are expected to have the biggest impact.
Mobile stroke units. Otherwise known as MSUs, these specially equipped ambulances and staff members work in conjunction with telemedicine to perform diagnostics like CT scans and blood tests before arriving at the hospital.
Wireless wearable sensors. The use of consumer-grade wellness apps, devices, and sensors is on the rise which is prompting healthcare officials to utilize this data in order to reduce the length of hospital stays, as well as the number of readmissions for those with serious conditions.
Blue-violet LED light fixtures. With the ability to provide continuous environmental disinfection which kills harmful bacteria, blue-violet light fixtures stand to greatly reduce mortality and healthcare costs in the US.
Injected bioabsorable hydrogel (Space OAR). This technology has been approved for prostate cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment. The gel protects healthy tissue and organs from the radiation treatment. The technology is so new that there is only limited reimbursement for the product’s use, but it has been shown that the gel is extremely effective.
Warm donor organ perfusion systems. This This addresses the issue that up to two-thirds of organs meant for transplants are never used by hospitals, because the viability of the organ decreases as the amount of time harvesting, preserving, and transporting them increases.