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Health IT Show: Smart healthcare systems foster education Updated: 2014-10-28 14:52:39 KST

Forget the hard, lumpy beds you find in most hospitals, smart beds like these provide patients with a more comfortable experience.

"With these beds, patients can adjust the temperature and humidity levels in their rooms. The beds also measure a patient's every move, thanks to non-contact sensors in the beds, giving doctors and nurses valuable information, especially during emergencies."

The smart devices in the healthcare system don't just end there, it goes way beyond.
Smart technology is also enabling patients to keep track of their own blood pressure and diabetes at home.

"We as doctors and hospitals, we need to recognize the patients are smart and they have the ability to look at information and learn about themselves, and we need to encourage them to learn about their health so they can stay healthy, so they can control chronic conditions. Once they are sick, sure, we can do a lot of great technology in the hospital, but again, we need to move to the left. We need to do more."

Calling Korea a "hotbed of technology," Doctor Sands said the country should take advantage of new technologies to make the healthcare system more efficient.

"You know there are too many patients to be seen and not enough doctors. Doctors should not feel insecure… I should get to the point where I'm taking a look at a patient for more than 5 minutes, for 20 or even 30 minutes. We are not helping patients effectively by taking care of them five minutes at a time."

Looking forward to the day he can spend more time examining his patients, Doctor Sands said he hopes healthcare systems evolve to provide higher quality treatment over the coming years.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News, Busan.
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