May 2014 Issue Brief Discusses Emerging Technologies in Healthcare

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The Center for Health Affairs' May 2014 Issue Brief takes a look at how emerging technologies in healthcare are changing the practice of medicine in the United States.

The Center’s May 2014 Issue Brief takes a look at how emerging technologies in healthcare are changing the practice of medicine in the United States. While Health Information Technology (HIT) – the storage, retrieval, sharing, and use of healthcare data for decision making – has been around for decades, it wasn’t until recently that widespread adoption became a national priority. Now, thanks to private and public investment, HIT utilization has skyrocketed and left the door open for additional technologies to make their way into the healthcare arena. This paper highlights the progress that has been made in the U.S. and takes a look at emerging technologies in healthcare to see what the future holds.

In addition to the advances the healthcare sector has made with HIT, cutting-edge technology has also impacted the way today’s patients manage illness and disease and the type of information available to their care providers. Just years ago, for example, monitoring blood pressure or glucose levels required a bulky device; however, thanks to new medical innovations, today’s patients have access to a number of convenient technologies which allow them to take health into their own hands.

Additionally, personal health data is being used by physicians and researchers to better understand the human genome. Examining DNA allows doctors to compare their patients’ genetic configurations to the configurations of other patients across the country, or even the world. This information can help identify common diseases, guide treatment options, or even flag strands of DNA that are predisposed to developing chronic conditions down the road.

To learn more about this Issue Brief and how emerging technologies in healthcare are changing the way care is delivered in the U.S., please contact Tony Gutowski, public policy development manager via email or at 216.255.3610.

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