As the world moves forward in its technological advancement, people, buildings, and businesses that don’t adapt fall behind. That begs the question, can somewhere like a doctor’s office have smart technology? Let’s find the answer.
Smart Technology’s Purpose
Smart technology has been advancing at breakneck speed. While, once, these types of software may have struggled to fulfill their intended purpose, programs are continually getting better at doing what we need them to. In a smarthome, there’s technology integrated to ease the day-to-day lives and organization of its occupants. The same can be said for many types of business offices. However, can you put this type of technology into a doctor’s office to make treating patients easier?
Complying with Patient Confidentiality
Patient confidentiality is where things get sticky with smart technology. Because most smart technology is made by big companies that love collecting data and selling it to the highest bidder, much of it would be off-limits to a doctor’s office. A smart intercom that makes communicating with the kids on the second floor of your house would be a huge breach of privacy if placed in a doctor’s office. Any information given during an appointment could be recorded and parsed by an AI, then sold.
Smart Technology in a Doctor’s Office
However, this pitfall belongs solely to the most popular smart technology. There are applications and programs made specifically for places that require discretion and confidentiality. Many of them are especially for doctors’ offices.
One such example is an automated note-taking software. After getting your patient’s permission, you can activate this software and allow it to take notes for you. The software will use the mic on your office laptop or tablet and jot down the important parts of your patient’s statements for you. This allows you to focus more on listening than on typing – which is important for building a relationship with your patient.
There’s nothing worse than going to your doctor with a problem only for them to spend all their time staring at the computer and typing. They may be putting down what you’re saying word for word, but it feels like they’re not really there. Automated note-taking allows you to be fully present and engage with your patient without worrying about putting it all down on ‘paper.’
Luxury Doctor’s Office Design
Your doctor’s office may be limited in what smart technology it can implement. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have luxury. There’s plenty more to a luxury medical office design than just fancy intercoms and voice-controlled music. Give us a call at Heidan Construction if you’re looking to remodel or build a new medical office. We look forward to updating your workspace so that you feel like you’re working from 2022 instead of 2000.