Just as with many other fields, dermatology has undergone profound changes in the last decade driven by the advent of new technologies. Among major changes is the adoption of refined electronic medical records (EMR) software that support telemedicine services, a field that is estimated to reach $7 billion by 2020.1,2 This article will focus on the latest trends experienced in the dermatology field that are revolutionizing the way practices are offered to patients.1. Technology advancements as the driving force of change
- Improved connectivity in EMR software
As a result, the increase in connectivity features added to modern SaaS systems has brought advanced communication and interoperability to store and utilize patient data. Statistics show an expansion of 22% in the adoption of cloud-based EMRs in the United States alone.3 These software offer encrypted remote-accessibility for medical history management and sharing, helping streamline workflows to effectively serve patient.
- Applied teledermatology services
- Enhanced AI-powered clinical decision support tools
New trends are as well being observed on the professional side. For example, more doctors are now in group practices compared to individual ones, particularly benefiting from increased sharing capabilities with colleagues connected on the same networks. This current shift in practice setting is being supported by the enlarged accessibility and affordability of modern dermatology EMRs.8 The expanded utilization of telemedicine, on the other hand, is congruent with the beneficial effects it brings to the field, confirming that both patients and professionals are willing to adopt it. Taken together, improved clinical decision tools and patient data handling are providing a more resourceful approach of what doctors can offer in regular as well as telemedicine consultations.
Dermatology practices are experiencing profound changes in the way services are offered to patients but also how professionals perform daily duties. The improvement of EMRs with higher connectivity capabilities added to support tools driven by AI are proving successful in the current transition towards more practical and efficient doctor-patient relationships. Further developments are bound to offer even more streamlined workflows, leaving technology to its best purpose, that is, to better serve patients and doctors for best skin care outcomes.
-The MetaOptima Team
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