The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a hot topic in the media since well before its passing by the Obama administration. With President Trump in office, the ACA is still a controversial and hotly-debated subject. Republicans have promised to pass their own version but have yet to be successful at doing so. This uncertainty can make specialists like orthopedic practices wonder how these decisions will affect their bottom line. The following three medical trends are ones that orthopedic practices can count on -- regardless of the fate of the healthcare bill.
1. Technology is Here to Stay
The medical industry's reliance on technology will only continue to grow. According to Harvard Business Review, just 13 years ago, only one in five United States-based physicians used ah electronic health record (EHR) system. Today, that figure has jumped exponentially to about 9 out of 10. The use of an EHR system enables busy orthopedic doctors and clinical staff to immediately access an enormous amount of data and information.
2. Personalized Medicine will Continue to Emerge
Thanks in part to the massive amounts of personal health data now available -- coupled with the ease of instantly retrieving pertinent information that's stored in the cloud -- delivering personalized medicine and treatment options will continue to become easier. With a focus on improving the quality of life as well as extending it, utilizing a specialized EHR makes delivering superior patient service and treatment more efficient and easier for orthopedic practices.
3. An Aging Population
The demographic changes that population experts have predicted for years have started to come to become a reality. As early as 1960, the median age for adults living in the United States was just under 30. Currently, it stands are nearly 38. It's projected that by 2030, that number will jump above 40. With this aging population, comes an expansion of the health care services they need -- particularly in specialty areas such as orthopedics. This also increases the pressure to deliver these services in ways that are both efficient and patient-centered.
It's clear that the right EHR system is the foundation of any orthopedic practice that wants to continue to grow and be successful. Investing in one that was designed and developed by orthopedic practices by a leading orthopedic physician ensures that orthopedic practices have access to a streamlined system without the bloat of unnecessary features.
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