Physicians often find themselves drowning in documentation work. Even Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are tedious to fill out but crucial to patient care. Statistics show that physicians may spend up to half a day on EHRs. This takes away from time that physicians could be spending with patients.
For some people, waiting is the worst part of going to the doctor’s office. In fact, 97% of patients are frustrated with wait times. There are many things that you can do to make your waiting room less stressful. Surveys indicate that some key elements to offset this stress and anxiety is giving patients estimated wait times, amenities like free WIFI and even personal apologies for extended waiting. These solutions benefit patients and staff.
Surgery is an unknown that generates fear in many patients. Even routine procedures, such as wisdom teeth or appendix removals, can elicit anxiety. This is why it is so important for surgeons to establish trust and openly communicate with their patients. Surgeons are responsible for clear communication with patients. The onus is often on them to convey details on the procedure and recovery process. It is also important for surgeons to be an advocate for their patients. There are apps and other technology that can help with all of these tasks.
No doctor’s office is perfect. This is why patient feedback is so important: it provides a practice with the opportunity to improve. Patients will not only mention things that need to be improved, but they will also mention things that are already great. Win-win!
Surgeons in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers are facing numerous challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been numerous federal and state regulations concerning elective surgeries. Some of these regulations have slowed practices considerably, reducing patient load and creating economic challenges.
Healthcare is not only about diagnosing and treating patients, it is also about engaging with them. Building better relationships with patients is one of the biggest priorities for healthcare professionals. Doing this increases quality of care, patient returns and productivity. Sequence Health reports that medical staff use 1.5 to 2 hours a day speaking to patients on the phone. This time could be used for other important tasks if medical offices implemented technology that could make patient-office communication more productive. Time management issues like these are common in doctor’s offices. Fortunately, there are many types of technology that can assist medical professionals in having better patient engagement. These programs include apps for patients, office management software and data analysis.
IT experts are front-and-center in the evolution of clinical processes. This is because tech now informs numerous ways that clinicians carry out their work. From wait time apps to medical wearables, there are endless ways that healthcare is being roboticized, digitized and otherwise updated to inform best practices. Here are three key ways that quality improvement is supported by tech optimization in healthcare facilities nationwide.
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From Smart watches to insulin pumps, patients are more equipped than ever with digital tools to manage our health. But, does it matter? Even with this prevalence of available digital healthcare resources, medical providers may lack the ability to react well to the influx of data. Tracking your heart rate during spin class may feel healthy and good, but what if large-scale data changes medical researchers’ understanding of average or recommended heart rate numbers entirely? There are many stones left unturned, which leaves some experts wondering: are digital healthcare tools useful yet?
What’s new? Some powerful key findings from a January 2020 Healthcare Trends Report conducted by Stanford University bring new insight into digital and data-driven healthcare. These developments indicate new trends in physician preparedness and ongoing training as well as increasing engagement with machine-harvested and interpreted data. Healthcare data and digital healthcare are two important components of the way everyone is receiving medical care. Whether you are a patient or provider, these healthcare trends provide valuable forecasting into the future of medicine.