One of the simplest, most important, and challenging things a doctor has to do is perform health assessments on patients. Health assessments are simple because they’re essentially just the patient filling out a form or talking with the doctor about any symptoms or unusual things they might be experience in regards to their health. Back in the old days, patients just filled out a form and that was that. They’re important because they give the doctor valuable information from which to go off of when diagnosing a patient or when trying to figure out what’s wrong with them when they’re not feeling well. Finally, health assessments are challenging because patients aren’t always honest when they’re filling them out, because many patients only come in once a year and things can change over that year, and because they’re often not comprehensive enough. Thus, although health assessments are relatively simple to fill out and incredibly important, they don’t always end up helping the doctor very much because either the patient isn’t compliant with them or they’re not up to date enough.
Fortunately, advancements in technology are making health and even risk assessments easier than ever. Here’s how: There are lots of companies out there that are developing apps and programs that help doctors collect more real-time data on their patients. For example, if a patient wakes up one morning and they’re not feeling right, they can log onto their doctor’s app, update their health assessment with how they’re feeling that day, and then that information can be sent to the doctor. The doctor or his/her office can then look at the changes on the health assessment and determine if the patient needs to come in for a visit. Rather than having this health assessment from a year ago that doesn’t really explain how you’re feeling now, doctors can have access to real-time data that clearly shows what the patient is currently feeling. This more accurate and timely data allows the doctor to perform a more accurate risk assessment of their patients, and it allows them to prioritize which patients they should see. It also means they’ll have a step up when the patient actually comes in, so they won’t have to waste time trying to figure out what is wrong with them.
These simple advancements in the world of medicine are making the jobs of doctors so much easier. They’re allowing doctors to collect real-time data on their patients, giving them more reliable and accurate health assessments. That allows the doctors to do their job more effectively, and at the end of the day that results in more positive health outcomes for people everywhere.
If you’re a doctor or you work in a medical facility and you’re interested in learning more about how you can make health assessments better for all of your patients, reach out to HealthAware. They’re run multiple programs all over the country helping medical facilities and medical professionals collect more accurate and useful data on all of their patients.