As the healthcare industry implements a steady stream of new technology, hospitals are able to provide increasingly better care and patients have more access to the treatments they need. While these are definitely positive trends, there are still some hurdles small healthcare providers must overcome as new devices are made available. Fortunately, these obstacles are not deal-breakers – health centers can overcome the barriers and offer cutting edge facilities to their patients. In this way, even small, remote hospitals can have the same amenities as their larger, better-funded peers.
Hospitals should choose their technology wisely
There are a number of concerns hospitals might have regarding the adoption of new systems and technology, Forbes reported. But that should not stop them from making the right decision about their patient care and their own business – the just need to make calculated decisions.
For example, a brand new, burgeoning system may have promise for patient care, but that doesn't mean the technology is flawless. Many new applications and devices have to work out the kinks before they become effective tools. Small hospitals should not immediately latch on to the newest system before testing it in small, controlled scenarios first.
Additionally, healthcare providers should take the time to consider exactly why a new system is necessary and how to integrate into operations in a smooth, non-disruptive way. This means training staff on proper use, analyzing existing data and projecting how that might change and talking to physicians about how willing they would be to use it. There may be some instances where a device is not necessary – but often, these offices will find that with the right plan, new technology can offer faster, better and more reliable care for their patients.
Chicago's MATTER helps healthcare providers access technology
According to the organization's website, MATTER is "a community of healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders working together in a shared space to individually and collectively fuel the future of healthcare innovation." Located in the heart of Chicago and set to open in 2015, this program is aimed at connecting new healthcare technologies with the industry leaders who may ultimately use them.
"By bringing together industry leaders, researchers and early-stage entrepreneurs, MATTER will act as a facilitator to drive collaboration that's been difficult to effectively accomplish through other channels at scale," Jim Robinson, president of Astellas Pharma, told Chicago Inno.
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