How are new medical technologies being used to improve communication between patients and providers?

Research shows that telemedicine technology seems to improve clinical outcomes for certain medical conditions and seems to improve accessibility to health care. There is substantial evidence that implementing an electronic medical record reduces medical errors and improves patient safety. We spoke with Salazar and other medical and technology professionals to learn about some of the most important ways in which healthcare technology is having an impact on today's medical system. Automatic dispensing cabinets (ADC) are electronic drug cabinets that store medications at the point of care with controlled dispensing and monitoring of the distribution of medications.

One company that could help providers reduce medical errors is DrFirst, a provider of e-prescription solutions, price transparency and medication management. Technology automates and expands tasks that people used to have to do and allows medical providers to focus their time and efforts elsewhere, while potentially reducing the total cost of health care. Barcode medication delivery systems are electronic systems that integrate electronic drug administration records with barcode technology. These systems are designed to prevent medication errors by ensuring that the right patient receives the right medication at the right time.

Digital updates, such as electronic prescribing, medical alerts and clinical flags, can further reduce medication errors and significantly improve patient safety. At first, I realized that this expansion was largely driven by technologies such as electronic medical records (EMR), patient portals, and medical billing platforms.