With the changing healthcare industry, it has become less of a desire and more of a necessity to keep up with new technologies and innovations. In the last few years, mobile applications for health and wellness have grown dramatically.
With this, hospitals can monitor patients virtually. Also, each health application is collecting a large amount of data, increasing the need for protecting it.
Technology issues are more than challenges for healthcare systems. To stay competitive and meet the rising patient needs, it’s important for healthcare facilities to adopt the following health technologies.
1. A certified, efficient EHR system
Electronic Health Record (EHR) has received more attention than any other health technology during recent years, mainly as the industry focuses on population health and preventive care. And as a patient moves from one location to another, EHRs can track medical data across the continuum of care.
2. Smartphones and tablets
The omnipresence of smartphones and tablets over the past few years has been one of the most significant changes in the hospital setting. They provide physicians and clinicians with a wealth of information and allow them more interaction in the patient care experience.
3. Telehealth tools
For a viable telehealth infrastructure, there needs to be enough support from the government and the right connectivity, especially in rural areas. Similarly, hospitals must also be keen to take on collaborative telehealth tools in a real-time environment.
To stay competitive in the telehealth realm, healthcare systems are adopting TVs, cameras, bidirectional video feed and wireless infrastructure. This will help hospitals to immediately respond to patients’ needs, cutting down the costs of an acute-care admission.
4. Healthcare staffing management technology
Staffing and labor costs healthcare facilities around 50 percent of the total expenses. Hospitals can implement staffing management technology to keep those costs in check, without sacrificing patient care. Making sure that hospitals are not over or understaffed is important. Hence, staffing management systems need to be fused with an initial assessment of patient staffing. This will create an environment to respond to patient care needs without resorting to expensive outside staff.
Healthcare facilities are using technology to augment patient experience. Patients, nowadays, expect communication to work without a hitch and a seamless healthcare experience. From accessing healthcare information digitally to connecting with a doctor via an online patient portal, technology is setting the stage for an improved patient experience.