December 14-15, 2017

Medtech Impact Expo & Conference

Venetian / Palazzo Resort

Las Vegas, NV

(561) 893-8633

Month: January 2017

Technological Barriers

While the field of technology is incontrovertibly experiencing rapid progression, recent publications regarding electronic reporting demonstrate that there is still room for significant development and growth.

Data has confirmed that capturing real-time reports of cancer patients’ symptoms between physician visit has concrete, tangible health benefits—yet cancer researchers have expressed that technological and financial barriers hinder doctors from a widespread adoption of the practice.

Previous research shows that a consistent, systematic collection of patients’ symptoms through the use of computerized surveys has a strong correlation to greater quality of life improvements and overall survival. Yet despite the multitude of benefits, collecting patient-reported symptoms is not the standard practice. While health care providers could easily utilize questionnaires via the Internet, or ‘smart’ devices,’ to integrate patient-reported information, and subsequently, transmit data into electronic health records, they face several obstacles.

Because companies that initially develop the electronic recording systems and records have not been ‘patient-centered’ in their approaches, the infrastructure is fairly rudimentary, and many lack patient portal applications. Moreover, medical providers only see modest financial incentives in implementing systems for patient-reported outcomes.

An additional concern with implementation involves a lack of efficient incorporate monitoring into the workflow, coupled with a weak standardization of reporting questionnaires—both of which ultimately exacerbate suffering, and unnecessary utilization of emergency services. Studies suggest that this mechanism for monitoring could eventually create a true standard of ‘patient-centered care.’

Linking Life Expectancy & Medical Innovation

As recent collection of data and statistics demonstrates that overall American life expectancy has dropped for the first time in a decade, there is an urgent and pressing need for the advent and proliferation of medical technology—coupled with scientific progress and laws to encourage innovation.

While the research points to specific factors that have lowered rates of mortality, including increased obesity, long-term unemployment, and a resurgence of chronic diseases, the studies incontrovertibly suggest the critical need to provide enhanced ‘life-saving and life-prolonging’ therapies and treatments.

There is no specific way to address the divergence of issues regarding lowered life expectancy, but there are particular measures that must be undertaken. These include enacting evidence-based policies that spur innovation, and further eliminating any roadblocks to America’s inventors.

By spearheading research that targets the most grave and life-threatening challenges in our medical and healthcare system, new resources will grow and develop, ultimately allowing for patients to access breakthrough therapies. The need for medical-technology innovation is steadily increasing, while removing obstacles to improving patient outcomes and creating high-tech manufacturing jobs remains a challenge.

We must collectively and cooperatively tackle the persistent healthcare problems that our country faces, while boosting innovation in the technological sector in order to further address medical challenges.