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Embracing Technology To Improve Patient Safety

Information is the best medicine. And to that end, technology allows healthcare workers, including nurses and physicians to align decisions, streamline workflow, improve patient experience and ensure patient safety. With one trusted source, clinicians, nurses, and pharmacists can deliver high-reliability healthcare and prevent variability in care. Further, having information also acts as a reliable early warning system that helps predict any future complications.

Technological innovations can enhance patient safety

Automating tasks, facilitating information sharing, reducing variations in practice, improving clinical decision-making by picking up data from patients and introducing medication alerts as a system for early detection of clinical deterioration can help improve clinical outcomes by impacting physician and care team stress and burnout. These technological advancements also helps reduce incidences of medication errors and adverse drug reactions, while improving compliance to practice guidelines.

One piece of interesting technology in healthcare is AI powered continuous remote patient monitoring and early warning systems that can help, not only collect several parameters of a patient’s health data remotely, it also helps ensure early detection of possible complications and reduces healthcare worker burnout – which in turn affects patient outcomes. All in all, information technology in healthcare is a key milestone in rendering better and more personalised, agile and adept medical care to patients, without burdening an already burgeoning healthcare system.

Technology can help reduce burnout in healthcare workers and improve patient safety

Being understaffed, combined with a huge patient load, a demanding pace and long-term stress can cause physicians and nurses to work longer hours while caring for an increasing load of patients during their shifts –causing them to burnout. Another aspect impacting physician and nurse burnout is the nurse to patient ratio in India, that’s not at its best which directly impacts patient safety and care quality.

One way to reduce the burden on physicians and care-teams is to enable them to have all patient-related information readily available. And that’s where connected health and connected beds can make a world of difference. They not only helps in faster communication between physicians and nurses, and enables them to have accurate and updated information at all times, helping doctors make more accurate medical decisions, while reducing alarm fatigue and associated stress.

Another aspect of burnout prevention is to enable physicians and a patient’s care teams with technology that can help increase efficiency. And, remote patient monitoring systems and connected beds seem to be the answer as they can help automate some of the most tedious tasks such as monitoring vitals, heart rate and breathing. This automation of routine tasks not only helps lower instances of human error and accidental oversight, but also helps reduce physician and nurse burnout, improve their efficiency and relieve several issues physicians and nurses face in terms of burnout and fatigue.

Finally, Artificial intelligence, technology and the data that is collected, can improve patient safety and experience. Technological innovations can help find more effective ways to deliver better healthcare services and will quickly start being adopted more widely in healthcare. The goal of introducing technology into healthcare and patient care is to reduce the financial burden on healthcare systems while saving a physician’s time, and resources and improving patient outcomes.


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