By Doug Brown, Healthcare Marketing Manager, Honeywell Sensing and Productivity Solutions
When it comes to federal regulations mandating better patient care practices in hospitals, nurses are the ones on the front line. Nurses, more than any other hospital staff, have felt the impact from new federal regulations, including Meaningful Use requirements and modern healthcare best practices.
For example, a study in the American Journal of Nursing found nurses spent only 44 percent of their time on direct patient care and the rest of their time in support activities such as hunting for equipment, obtaining medications, and other administrative tasks. Compounding this challenge are new government reimbursement laws that can severely tighten hospital budgets and impact staffing decisions. As a result, nursing staffs are being reduced at a time when they are also asked to deliver more effective care.
Today, there are several new technologies, — such as clinical smartphones and mobile healthcare applications — to help nurses and hospitals deliver better patient care by improving nurse and hospital staff workflows to meet federal requirements. These new devices and applications enable hospitals to enhance their operations by helping nurses and patient care teams be more connected and work smarter and more efficiently than ever before.