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Technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 25 years. Heck, I remember getting excited over portable CD players. Now we have access to virtually every song ever written from our smartphones (and who remembers those bricks that were called “mobile phones”?) This technological advancement has transformed nearly every industry we can think of. The same holds true for healthcare. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jess Scherman at Ramussen College to discuss a few ways that technology is transforming the healthcare landscape. Check out the full article here.

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“Technology has done a lot to improve both our understanding of complex medical and physiological issues, as well as decrease the barriers to delivering care directly to patients,” offers Rafael Salazar II of Rehab U Practice Solutions. “Whether it is telehealth allowing clinicians to interact with patients in different locations or the cost of medical and diagnostic imaging decreasing, technology is helping to improve the overall access to and quality of care.”

Telehealth, which includes virtual healthcare, uses technology to improve the efficiency of communications between healthcare providers, clinics and patients. “Technology in the form of electronic communication methods allow clinics, clinicians and patients to exchange information, monitor and track adherence to plan of care and ensure optimal engagement throughout the healthcare process,” Salazar says.

This use of digital communications modernizes the healthcare experience by enabling access to healthcare services remotely, whether it be a patient contacting a clinician in a different area or multiple healthcare providers collaborating with one another from a distance.

Check out the whole article here!

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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L is the president and CEO of Rehab U Practice Solutions. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center. He also has experience as an adjunct faculty instructor at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant working for the State of Georgia’s DBHDD. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. He works to help healthcare clinics and organizations deliver uniquely impactful patient experiences by improving service delivery through training & advisement.

Read his full bio Here. Read about Rehab U Here.

 

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