We are now entering the future that the generations before us envisaged. The digital revolution has opened various avenues. Slowly, the smart technology is being integrated into all fields and industry. One such industry is healthcare. Hospitals are now using, or planning to use, smart technology to deliver better healthcare facilities to their patients. Here are some of the technologies they are introducing.
Digital Patient Experience
Gone are the days when your interactions with your patients were confined to the hospital bed. Now, with the help of the digital world, patients and doctors can interact with a digital platform. This digital transformation has allowed patients to view their medical charts online, use their gadgets to alter the room temperature to their liking, and make phone calls through touch beds. Many think that in a few years, hospitals will have robots delivering linens and food to a patient, thereby reducing the manpower needed. Medicine-dispensing robots allow hospitals to deliver the right amount and type of medicine to the right patient. The elimination of the manual process reduces the chances of errors. Humber River Hospital in Toronto already makes use of just such a digital patient experience.
Even the workflow of caregivers is being digitalized. One example of a smart workflow can be seen in Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. This hospital will be up and running in 2020 and has included 75 workflow methods that have been digitalized. Any time a patient exhibits a code blue, the vital sign monitor itself will send alerts to the critical care team. This will reduce the time spent detecting and calling. As soon as the alert is sent, the bed of the patient will be adjusted to a flat position. To further save time, the summary of the patient history will be reflected on the bed monitor for the critical unit to peruse.
Smart Technologies of Today
Here are some of the smart technologies that are being used across the globe:
The old dry-erase whiteboards are being replaced with digital whiteboards. This board allows doctors to know all about the patient’s condition when they enter the room. The lack of manual input allows the staff to save time. Moreover, these whiteboards can feature much more information than a normal dry-erase whiteboard.
The EHR and vital signs of the patient can be integrated to ensure that doctors can review them at a later time. This telemetry technology is also equipped with a predictive algorithm. This allows it to give scores to customers based on their vital signs. Hence, you can measure a patient’s mobility and health without having to physically see the patient. When vital signs increase to a dangerous level, the score is also increased. This alerts all staff about the condition of the patient, thereby allowing them to take extra care of the given patient. Since they are expecting a problem, the staff becomes much more equipped to deal with the emergency.
With the introduction of smart inclusion pumps, there is no need for someone to manually match the monitored pump with the order of the doctor. Instead, the infusion pump ensures that the correct dosage is being administered to the patient. If someone tampers with the pump and the dosage starts conflicting with the doctor’s orders, a warning will be sent to the staff.
All in all, the number of hospitals using smart technology is on the rise. The integration of such technologies is bound to enhance patient care for the better. In a few years, hospitals of the future will be a common sight.