Patient health data security and privacy are important to protect. Your patients entrust you with their private health information and with secrets they ordinarily wouldn’t share with anyone else. Because of this privileged position doctors and other healthcare providers have in the lives of patients, it’s important for you to guard against unauthorized use of your patients’ data and information.
To learn more about health, physicians can participate in research, clinical trials, and even contribute their own personal health records for research. Chiropractic research is an important way you can contribute to the profession. Having good data is part of how treatment strategies are developed that can help other patients–the more you can gather great data and information like this, the better. Many doctors, however, are unsure how to get started with research and aren’t aware of how they can use their own records and data for research purposes.
Healthcare data presents unique challenges for the practitioners and academics who devote their careers to studying it. For example, simply measuring healthcare data can be difficult depending on what the data is showing and how it is captured. In chiropractic care, having the right data and recording it accurately is important, but it is certainly not always easy to do. With many practices recording and sharing data for their own business needs and also for insurers and government agencies, it is that much more essential to get data measurement and collection right. Here’s how healthcare data is different.
Big technology companies like Apple, Amazon and Google are getting more and more involved in the healthcare industry. And are even turning their attention to healthcare records. We’ve commented before on Amazon’s entry into the healthcare system–now, it seems, Apple and Google are also getting actively involved in healthcare. Chiropractors can likely expect to hear more about technology companies becoming involved in the healthcare system in the near future. What does this mean for chiropractic?
Voice recognition presents a wide variety of opportunities for chiropractors both in their work at the practice and in outreach to new patients. All over our culture, the Internet continues to change how people work and interact with their world. You can take advantage of this trend to stand out to new patients and also to become more efficient at work than ever before. To get in on using voice at your practice, think about where and how you want to start using it.