A recent compilation of information into an infographic by Mulesoft, provided details on a number of characteristics of a connected hospital.
Drawing from the HIMSS 25th Annual Leadership survey, three characteristics were included;
· Leveraging latest technology to improve patient care – 25% of survey’s respondents
· Integrating new technology with legacy systems – 19% of survey’s respondents
· Providing a single view of the patient record – inside and outside – 17% of survey’s respondents
· Patients who use ehealth services are expected to rise to 7 million in 2018, up from 350,000 in 2013
· In-home monitoring devices are also expected to reach a market size of $20.9 billion by 2016, the use of which will significantly reduce readmission rates
Less admin, better information access & care
The main objective of any hospital is to give high quality patient care, be efficient and put patients at the centre of the operation. But when patient information and records can’t be immediately shared between departments in a hospital, it makes the processes slower. Many valuable hours are spent every week by doctors and nurses on administration tasks, including searching through filing cabinets for patient records. Connected hospitals instead utilise technology to combat this and provide a better service. The benefits of the connected hospital include;
· Direct, fast and secure access to patient medical records
· Saves time on administration
· Increased autonomy and convenience for patients
· Reduced hospital readmissions
This means that nurses can monitor many patients remotely, receive alerts and observe data captured on the patients’ health, doctors can make more informed decisions with accurate and up-to-date patient information and patients and their families can feel safe knowing that they will receive the highest quality and most efficient care from medical staff.
The Collaborators – Patient & Clinician
This collaboration between patient and doctor is best illustrated by Blue Shield’s Bluegroove initiative using Salesforce’s technology to provide an online portal to share information.