The Future of Healthcare

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The global healthcare industry is facing a seemingly insurmountable number of challenges – from aging populations and staff shortages to rising costs – that are placing enormous pressure on institutions, doctors, workers, patients, and communities.

As a result, there is a higher demand for services and support that are not sustainable with existing resources and methods. Hospitals are increasingly turning to technology and automation to reduce the strain on an already fragile system.

AN EVOLVING HEALTHCARE ECOSYSTEM

At the heart of creating a successful clinical mobility program is understanding the users who employ the devices in their day-to-day work environments as well as those they serve.

These individuals include nurses, physicians, pharmacists, lab technicians, radiologists, patients, and more. While nurses are actively engaged at the patient’s bedside and use technology daily, it’s the IT team that must implement and maintain the system while ensuring compliance with security and patient privacy requirements.

Patients must grow accustomed to technology’s evolving role in their care. For some, this will be extraordinarily difficult. For more technologically astute patients, clinical mobility will not be a leap but quite possibly a demand.

IMPROVING STAFF COMMUNICATION IS ESSENTIAL

Throughout the healing process, patients may require care from a broad range of medical practitioners, from nurses, physicians, and specialists to technicians, therapists, pharmacists, and more.

Communication between the disciplines is critical but remains a pervasive problem. More than a quarter of hospital readmissions could be avoided with better communication among healthcare teams and between providers and patients.

EMBRACING THE CLINICAL MOBILITY EVOLUTION

While it’s clear that more and more hospitals are embracing clinical mobility, we are still at the beginning of this transformative aspect of healthcare.

Hospitals have started to lay the groundwork for implementing clinical mobility by equipping bedside nurses with mobile devices and connecting data from equipment, supplies, and health information systems.

Now is the time for widespread adoption in hospitals since not only nurses and IT decision-makers see the benefits, but the new generation of patients welcome and expect technology to be part of their healthcare treatment.

 

 

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