The healthcare industry is embracing digital innovation at a phenomenal pace. Let's examine how recent advancements in no-code platforms are shaking up the market.
The healthcare industry is embracing digital innovation at a phenomenal pace. In the past two decades, we have seen digital technologies transform consumer access, encourage new collaborations between physicians and patients, and enable unprecedented insight into patient health. Across the board, new healthcare technology is improving standards of care to produce better patient outcomes.
But these advancements, coupled with improved data-collection capabilities and changing UX expectations, have also driven increased demand for healthcare software. This often translates into exorbitant costs for healthcare providers that want to keep up.
Luckily, recent advancements in no-code platforms are shaking up the market. In this article, we’ll examine three tech-driven trends in healthcare to discuss how no-code development can contribute to their success—by empowering healthcare professionals to build customized solutions.
Telehealth uses digital technologies to deliver healthcare services remotely, providing a cost-effective and convenient way for patients to access different forms of care. A key feature of telehealth is virtual healthcare, or “virtual visits” between patients and physicians that take the place of in-person consultations, check-ins, and status reports. Patients can receive management advice about chronic conditions or simultaneously consult with multiple doctors over test results without the added expense of traveling long distances to see medical specialists.
By making visits more convenient, virtual healthcare broadens access. Half of US adults say they have avoided seeing the doctor due to costs, and more than 53% of patients have left a scheduled appointment because of long wait times. Additionally, telehealth can benefit patients with limited mobility, as well as patients in rural areas that struggle to attract physicians.
No-code platforms can help healthcare practitioners offer better virtual visits by allowing them to take part in crafting a user-friendly digital experience. With no-code, people in the healthcare space who best know what patients want and need can develop sophisticated healthcare apps without a single line of code. Providers can build custom applications that enable clearer communication between patients and physicians, such as intuitive portals that allow patients to remotely update their medical histories in preparation for video check-ups.
Today, 96% of hospitals use electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs help streamline workflows in hospitals and can offer physicians a more complete understanding of patient condition over time—84% of surveyed providers reported that their EHR was meeting or exceeding their expectations.
Despite the rapid adoption of digital records among hospitals, healthcare providers have only scratched the surface of how data analytics can make use of this digitized information. A recent study conducted by researchers from Google, UCSF, Stanford University, and University of Chicago Medicine showed that deep learning could enable more accurate predictions of patient diagnoses and health outcomes than the traditional model. Beyond reducing rates of patient mortality and readmissions, deep learning can also streamline administrative tasks, freeing physicians to focus on patient care and interaction.
By providing an easier and faster way to create user-friendly applications, no-code can improve data collection from health records to enable advanced predictive modeling. Such applications will reduce errors in collection, standardize data, and allow healthcare providers a better way to ensure HIPAA compliance. With no-code, it’s easier than ever for medical professionals to streamline data collection, storage, and retrieval processes that can ultimately improve patient outcomes.
Wearable sensors are changing how data is created. Since the days of step counters, wearables have evolved rapidly and become both incredibly popular in the process. The next generation of rings, clips, and watches feature new technologies, including biosensors that provide a glimpse into the health habits of patients. Wearables can now monitor blood pressure, measure electrocardiograms, and continuously track respiratory rates and heart rates.
Wearables can offer a wide variety of benefits. Popular devices like the Fitbit can encourage accountability by making patients more aware of their health habits. Medical wearables can also allow physicians to design more customized forms of care based on formerly unavailable patient data while enabling patients to be more informed and engaged with their own health.
But while technologies like biosensors have the capacity to generate incredible amounts of raw data, physicians and researchers will only be able to take advantage if they can easily extract and analyze the data they need. To do so, healthcare providers will need to develop software capable of handling data like heart rates, respiration rates, liver performance, and more. No-code platforms give health care providers the ability to build powerful software faster and more securely, enabling them to make the most of these mountains of data without having to comb through data tables and write unwieldy queries themselves.
Wearable technologies, telemedicine, and predictive modeling are all currently transforming healthcare as we know it. To keep up with increased patient demand and expectations, the industry will need to churn out software at unprecedented rates—but digitizing legacy systems, outsourcing data analysis, and hiring in-house software developers to build platforms from scratch are cost-prohibitive and time-consuming.
Fortunately, there is a better way. No-code platforms like Unqork empower healthcare providers to build portals, applications, and databases with ease. Without writing a single line of code, providers can produce software that truly aligns with the needs of their patients and get it to market faster than ever.