How technology presents challenges to the healthcare community


In recent years, we’ve seen the growth of modern technology do great things for the healthcare community. Public and private organisations alike have used cloud, mobile and analytics solutions to do everything from improving patient outcomes to reducing costs. Having said all of this, there are still challenges in healthcare tech that need to be addressed.

The more technology continues to improve, the more pressure the health industry will face to keep up.

The more technology continues to improve, the more pressure the health industry will face to keep up with this constant evolution and reach its full potential in terms of patient health, financial management and more.

A key challenge in the years ahead will be to identify the obstacles impeding future growth and use targeted, effective strategies for overcoming them. Consultants can certainly help in this regard.

What challenges lie ahead in health?

For those in the healthcare consulting community who are looking to leverage the latest technological advances and create more positive outcomes for patient health, there are a few roadblocks in front of them, according to recent research from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

One is finding optimal pricing strategies for prescription drugs and medical treatments. What’s the best way to arrange payment structures such that patients can afford the medical help they need, and providers can get paid? For instance, PwC found that 53 per cent of drug consumers are willing to pay for drugs gradually over time instead of all at once. Is this an adjustment that needs to be considered more? Data can help answer that question.

Another priority should be to improve and to popularise mobile applications for patients. PwC also discovered that health and fitness apps are on the rise, as only 16 per cent of people used them as of 2013, versus 32 per cent in 2015. Additionally, as mobile and cloud data gain prominence, security will be a concern. There’s a lot for healthcare business leaders to think about.

How a good consultant can help

Because using technology optimally in healthcare is so difficult, it’s common for savvy organisations to invest in consulting services that can help them get up to speed.

This happens for myriad reasons, and it’s not all a matter of handling difficult technical aspects such as using business intelligence solutions. In fact, having the right consultants in your corner can help in many other ways. Pamela Slim, a consulting expert at Escape From Cubicle Nation, has written that one key skill a consultant brings is the ability to see the big picture for your organisation, understand how the pieces fit together and develop workable solutions to complex problems.

Being able to present data effectively is a key skill.Being able to present data effectively is a key skill.

This isn’t all, though. Another key aspect of consulting is the ability to synthesise a great amount of data, turn it into an engaging presentation and deliver it in a way that people will be likely to respond favourably. This means having great interpersonal skills, public speaking ability and the willingness to embrace difficult change management challenges.

Our special approach at AtoBI

Making the most of healthcare technology is not easy, and there’s no shame in admitting that your organisation needs a little bit of help with doing it just right. At AtoBI, we are ready to provide that help. We offer solution consulting services that are tailored to the specific needs of each business.

Our goal is to study your healthcare organisation carefully and become intimately familiar with the challenges you’re facing and the strategies you’re developing to overcome them. We want to help you along this journey by designing and implementing whatever business intelligence tools you need. We have unparalleled expertise and a passion for following through on our promise to make your business better.