In the past few years the issue of health care protection has become a concern to many Americans. While the nature of health care coverage proposals has varied in methods and structure people feel the questions of care availability and the individual’s right to health insurance have become highly charged political and social issues.
While others debate the future of America’s health care coverage, those who provide the care are more concerned with the stagnant rate of growth in the number of health care providers, which isn’t keeping pace with the demand. There are many opinions as to why this happens, with some saying it’s the result of the hight cost of medical education, to the proverbial brain drain. The increased trend towards specialization also creates a problem; today there are specialists for anything more serious than a common cold. We should also remember the vast amount of technical equipment and training required by support technologists, specialists and analysts. Ultimately a good medical facility requires enough computer system equipment, monitors, software and printing services and supplies to equip a regional Internal Revenue Service office. On the other hand, Samsung, a leading innovator in technology and electronics would be the type of company one would expect to take the lead in the search for a way to bring down the size and scope of medical services to an app on one of its cutting edge smart phones. Not only would this put medical specialists in the hands of lay people, they could use a money saving Groupon to manage the costs.
Maintaining accurate medical records is an essential part of any effective medical insurance operation. Relying upon outmoded or incompatible equipment is nearly criminal when the people’s health and welfare are at stake. Skilled professionals are needed to assure that a medical center’s data information storage system keeps pace with modern electronic methods and technology can be worth his weight in gold to a major medical center. A university medical school recently found itself hamstrung because three different branches used completely different computer systems that were totally incompatible. The cost to implement a program to bring them all into a single compatible system was projected at millions of dollars. The need for information systems management and development will grow as they strain to serve their populace, establishing new careers in the profession. One can only hope Samsung is listening.