With all the talk of Big Data, there are still big questions as to how to most effectively leverage information and data to make a positive impact on healthcare delivery, cost, and outcomes. One health system leader thinks an approach developed by a Major League baseball team might be a game changer.
Health IT is in a state of constant evolution, and it often seems that, for every problem solved, another is created. That’s why it’s vital we stop to assess where the industry stands from time to time, as well as look to the future to determine the best course to take to achieve our collective goals.
While the number of venture capital-funded deals dropped, the average amount rose. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
While computerized carts have become staples in healthcare settings to improve workflow, the importance of considering the human factors and ergonomics (HF&E) of their use is often not fully understood.
It’s hard to believe we are already closing out another year! With 2014 upon us, I took some time to reflect on what progress the healthcare industry made in 2013, and to contemplate what’s to come in the year ahead. This year, we saw increased investment in technologies to support gains in the efficiency and quality of patient care, and I really think that 2014 will be a year of continued evolution. By Terry Edwards, president and CEO, PerfectServe
Is your organization’s culture preventing more efficient processes? Many healthcare organizations have embraced the idea of digitizing records, yet despite ongoing new compliance and regulation mandates, and emerging technology for electronic health records, many have a culture that impedes process efficiency. Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) was one organization that realized it needed a culture change. Many of its departments preferred manual processes because it was comfortable for them. But when they experienced firsthand how much time and effort automating processes could save, they understood how that translated into better service for students and patients, and became champions for change. By David Lewis, VP of product marketing, Kofax
With hospitals and health organizations implementing a myriad of new technology systems - mobile devices, medical carts, and telemedicine solutions - they must understand how to effectively integrate these into their workflow processes. Perhaps more importantly, they must also ensure the devices are secure and protected against unauthorized use or access. A PIN code security system is one proven way to ensure safety with minimal impact on day-to-day operations. Without deliberate forethought, however, this type of system can disrupt workflow and not fully address all security risks. By Steve Torbett
Many industry leaders championed a free market approach to healthcare during the 12th Annual World Health Care Congress last week. Here are a few key reasons why I don’t think this model is “the fix” our industry so desperately needs.
Mobile workstations, also called medical carts, medical computer carts, laptop carts, or mobile carts are free-standing compartmental platforms equipped with wheels or casters, designed to transport the varying array of computers and technology used by medical professionals. Mobile workstations can also be equipped with batteries to supply power to onboard devices and prolong the life of already-battery-powered devices.
Mobile workstations allow medical professionals to spend more time with patients by putting all the information they need at the point-of-care. Simple access to information and the mobility provided by these carts allows providers to deliver better care more efficiently and with more accuracy. Access to Electronic Medical Records through mobile workstations can save healthcare providers a significant amount of time and drastically improve efficiency in all departments.
Real-time access to patient information at the bedside also increases patient safety by reducing the opportunity for error. In addition, barcode scanners and printers that can be carried and powered by mobile workstations allow for direct labeling and scanning of patient wristbands and medication to ensure proper dosing and medication schedules.