The Booz Allen Hamilton report noted that health IT has tremendous potential to make the healthcare system patient-centered. Today, through new mobile technology, doctors can receive real-time information about a patient's condition. Now, a firefighter who has heart attack symptoms on the job can be diagnosed before he reaches the hospital, allowing him to receive treatment within 30 minutes of noticing symptoms – not hours. Remote monitoring technology and video conferencing allow caregivers to monitor a patient's vitals and discuss their current condition without the patient even leaving home.
- Reduces medical errors.
- Improves collaboration throughout the healthcare system.
- Ensures better patient-care transition.
- Enables faster, better emergency care.
- Empowers patients and their families to participate in care decisions.
- Makes care more convenient for patients.
- Helps care for the warfighter.
- Enhances ability to respond to public health emergencies and disasters.
- Enables discovery in new medical breakthroughs and provides a platform for innovation.