Benefits of updating healthcare technology

, we would make the request to Zenefits via their web portal. They are built on legacy systems and processes that desperately need an organizational and technological makeover.

The new employee request must be routed from the Zenefits platform to Benefit Focus (a benefit administration platform contracted by Aetna) and then, ultimately transferred to Aetna. Because many carriers still accept faxing, scanning or emailing as the only way to transmit health insurance documents.

The Federal government is trying to solve this problem with financial incentives that encourage the development of systems that work together (also called “interoperability”).

This represents the next frontier of the digital revolution, finally getting to the most important but heretofore insulated domain: preserving our health.”“We can remotely and continuously monitor each heartbeat, moment-to-moment blood pressure readings, the rate and depth of breathing, body temperature, oxygen concentration in the blood, glucose, brain waves, activity, mood — all the things that make us tick,” he says.

“For the first time, we can digitize humans.” The main purpose of all of this innovation is the gathering of information, leading to more specific, personalized care.

Though technology has been permeating almost every aspect of our lives, until recent years the medical field has been largely unaffected by the rapid pace of technological innovation that is characteristic of the Digital Age. As geneticist Eric Topol puts it in his book, , “Medicine is about to go through its biggest shakeup in history.” This ubiquity of technology is beginning to extend into the medical field.

Advances in medical technology are changing medicine by giving physicians more information — as well as better, more specific data.

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