From technology to legislation to health trends, there is always a lot to discuss around the future of healthcare and caregiving. Here is this week’s roundup of articles we’re reading at Spectra Health.

The Future of Healthcare: On Your Phone And On Your Body, Huffington Post

Healthcare is changing thanks to technology, both in the emerging and developing worlds.  In emerging areas, SMS texts will remind patients about prescriptions, collect data, and help educate about health issues.  In developed countries, doctors are literally becoming virtual providers; everything from eye exams to EKGs will be administered with smart phones, and doctors will be able to “see” patients through cameras or apps, no matter where or when.  Bottom line: technology is playing a huge role in the advancement of healthcare from a global perspective.

8 Tech Trends Changing Health Care, Enterprise Apps Today

While the healthcare industry is known for being slow to adopt technology trends, things are changing thanks to the federal HITECH act and Affordable Care Act.  From security measures to prevent data breaches to advanced wearable health technology to telehealth, or teleconferencing with doctors, technology is making a huge impact in the health space in 2015 and here are 8 of the top trends.

Helping the Helpers, Insurance News Net

There are 42.1 million Americans who make up the long-term care system for family members in the U.S., valued at $450 billion.  As a result, state laws, like in New Jersey and Oklahoma, are enacting versions of the CARE Act to support family caregivers.  By law, hospitals must record caregivers’ names, send them notifications, and provide them with information for care at home; this is to avoid potential costly readmissions.  While some states argue that these measures are still not enough help for non-professional caregivers, the fact that states are looking at caregiving legislation is a huge step in the right direction for family members.

Sharing Patient Records is Still a Digital Dilemma for Doctors, NPR

The healthcare industry, while making many technological strides, still has ways to go with Electronic Medical Records.  Since 2009, taxpayers have put $30 billion towards installing and implementing electronic systems in doctors’ offices and hospitals, but the main problem is that many of these systems don’t work with one another.  As a result, IT companies are eager to come up with software to help fix these problems and meet demands – and make billions off the industry as a result.

Bayer HealthCare Contributes $1 Million to Support Cancer Care Technology Platform, PR Newswire

Bayer announced on March 5, 2015 that it would invest $1 million to support CancerLinQ™, a platform from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology collecting information on cancer patients’ experiences dealing with life with cancer.  This will capture valuable information from nearly every patient undergoing treatment with an oncologist, and demonstrates how pharmaceutical companies have a stake in health care technology.