As the Internet of Things blooms and the rest of the world turns to machines to make work easier, it was only a matter of time before the health care industry caught up. Although it’s not typically known for embracing change, the health care field has evolved dramatically over the past few years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted. Check out this infographic by the University of Southern California to learn how.


In 2012, electronic health records became available on request, making it easier for patients to change doctors and seek specialists as needed. Previously, it would take weeks for doctors to release health records and send them to other practices, frustrating customers and limiting their treatment availability. The ACA also sought to standardize collected information, reducing administrative costs and paperwork. Historically, information formatted by one hospital or clinic could differ in format from that provided by another. Through the rise of digital health treatment, doctors have a better picture of the patient condition and history, which results in better treatment and lower risks.

So far, patients have responded positively. More than 75 percent of health care customers expect to use digital treatment and communication in the future. More patients are becoming comfortable with digital records and information, which makes it easier for doctors to implement new digital practices. All this increases the amount of information available for all parties and leads to a smoother treatment process. It’s exciting to see how health care has evolved in the past decade. We’re not getting treated by robots just yet, but someday we might.