Technology is expanding at an exponential rate and companies across industries are determining ways in which new platforms could impact business in a positive way. As these techniques are implemented, it's important for a company to track the improvements, apply the system in different ways and be as proactive as possible in understanding what works and what doesn't. Nothing is perfect – no technology or platform cannot be improved upon.
In healthcare especially, it is essential that technology be constantly evaluated and updated as needed. Hospitals and clinics are seeking more than convenience for their patients – many of them depend on timely, advanced care for their health. With such high stakes, health centers should be on top of every technological update.
Nashville health team to track changes
The Nashville Health Care Council elected three dozen healthcare leaders as the newest members of the 2015 Council Fellows class, reported The Tennessean. The goal of the council is to determine how technology is impacting patients' and clients' experiences. Platform like mobile apps are new to many hospitals and patients, but nine out of 10 practitioners surveyed by PwC believe the smart phone features will come to play a major role in patient-doctor interactions.
"By and large, there is a real recognition that to compete successfully and to be successful in the coming years [the industry] has to embrace [new methods]," Caroline Young, Council president, told The Tennessean on how the council's membership is reacting to the spread of technology.
How technology can improve management
A surprising number of hospitals still rely on old-fashioned, paper-based methods and do-it-yourself spreadsheets. In this digital age, those techniques just won't cut it, according to Healthcare Informatics. Instead, there are a number of relatively simple ways for a health center to streamline its processes.
- Offer transparency: One real advantage of mobile technology is how it allows anyone to access information easily. This way, everyone from the patient to the caregiver to the doctor could have the same ability to view relevant data.
- Use automated workflows: The use of computer-generated spreadsheets, documents, results and other data points is far more efficient than transcribing those same things by keyboard or by hand.
- Look to the future: Digital programs and smart apps also have the convenient ability to spot trends, analyze data in real time and project upcoming needs.
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