Digital Technology is Changing Patient Care
From tablets, to apps, to the way medical information is recorded, the technology boom is changing how hospitals interact with and treat patients.
Last week we told you about a hospital system in North Carolina that is pioneering the integration of technology into patient care with really incredible results.
Well they aren’t the only ones doing so. Nearly every facet of the medical world is being touched by technology in an effort to improve the patient experience and reduce readmissions. Here’s how:
Audio and video discharge instructions
Another hospital, MissionHealth, recently began using Good to Go, an app that allows patients to access discharge instructions via a mobile app. The app is easy to use for medical staff and patients alike, and instructions can be customized with additional educational information that can help limit the possibility of readmission.
Using data to predict future needs
CareSage is a pretty impressive piece of technology. Hospitals and other health organizations can monitor elderly patients at home via wearable devices. Using predictive analytics, CareSage then allows healthcare workers to predict when these patients may need an intervention to prevent a serious medical issue, or hospitalization.
Enhancing communication between networks of caregivers
Communication is key in any medical setting or scenario, and pingmd is changing how medical professionals communicate with each other. Providers can use pingmd to share patient issues, admission and discharge details, images and videos for quick consults and referrals. The information shared via the app is stored on secure servers and can be uploaded to an electronic health record as a PDF. According to pingmd's CEO:
Providers can also use the app to create communication groups such as those made up of care teams, specialty teams, staff groups, and resident groups, to communicate quickly.
Every one of these technology advancements is helping to improve the ways hospitals provide care. Ongoing communication, better collaboration, and stronger monitoring while at home all lead to better outcomes for patients.
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