PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
, a leading management and IT consulting firm, focuses on providing federal agencies with innovative and affordable IT solutions, especially when it comes to healthcare reform. The healthcare industry utilizes some of the most advanced and broad technology applications; the consulting company supports areas such as electronic health records, electronic payments, security systems, interoperability, patient empowerment, and on-demand information availability. Though these systems have room for improvement and perfection, one of the newest innovations in healthcare is ODL.
ODL, or observations of daily living, is a new-age way of looking at healthcare. According to a recent article
on iHealthBeat, a Web-based healthcare technology source, ODL is essentially when patients and physicians utilize smartphones, tablets, and other technology to communicate.
"ODL is the logical next phase in the evolution of healthcare," Branko Primetica, Senior Vice President at eGlobalTech says. "It's a natural extension of data mining and the limits of its predictive capabilities are boundless."
He explains that through the use of devices, patients can monitor their personal health data. When applied correctly with the right systems, this data can predict health concerns and help doctors diagnose and treat various symptoms and health defects. According to the article, patients will no longer have to wait for appointment times and checkups to roll around; instead, with live updates, doctors can monitor how a patient is doing.
"It would be up to the patient to determine their individual participation -- which could include participation in social groups to encourage healthy habits, direct interaction with physician's offices, computer-based wellness counseling, or regular health and wellness monitoring,"
Project HealthDesign is a headlining ODL system through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Project teams are designing systems that allow users to track live health data for doctors to monitor. This can cut down on clinical visit times and allow doctors and physicians to better schedule their time.
ODLs, according to the article, have many other applications as well. The article says they can help people lose weight through group communication, lower incident rates of asthma attacks, and remind patients to take medications. The 14 teams involved with HealthDesign are all looking at different ways to apply ODLs; one time, for instance, is creating an iPod Touch app to help young adults manage obesity and weight-loss programs. Another team is working on dwellSense, an app that monitors elderly peoples' cognitive decline. By staying connected, people are finding ODLs promising, easy to use, and the next step in healthcare.
One of the challenges associated with ODLs is implementing it into current healthcare systems. The government consulting company, however, claims that hospitals picked up quickly enough with Internet communication systems and electronic patient filing. ODLs are simply the next big thing.
Another perk of ODLs is that doctors can assess a patient from a distance. If there is a flu strain, for example, and a patient is honest about symptoms, a doctor can prescribe treatments to alleviate the problem. eGlobalTech believes ODLs will change the future of healthcare as long as the industry embraces the technology shift.
eGlobalTech, an award winning 8(a)-certified woman-owned small business, is a leading provider of management consulting and IT services and solutions for the public sector. eGlobalTech supports multiple federal customers including the Departments of Health and Human Services and understands how critical technological advancements are. ODLs are promising in the healthcare industry, according to the company, though other industries are seeing just as much innovation through other technologies. eGlobalTech strives to provide affordable, efficient solutions to the Federal government to ensure efficient workflows.