Healthcare management is now driven by technology. CIOs have to constantly look out for the best tech tools to meet the requirements of the HITECH Act and HIPAA. There’s also a constant need to reduce operating costs, boost the productivity of clinicians, and improve the quality of care. The following list of healthcare management tech tools will help hospital administrators meet the ever-increasing demands of 21st-century healthcare delivery.
1. Electronic Health Record System
Electronic health records (EHR) have become quite sophisticated. From the early digitization of the hand-written patient chart to the modern networked systems, the recent versions of EHR systems now have multiple capabilities. They contain the records of patients and the rest of the population in the community or region.
Doctors can enter data and share patient records instantly with hundreds of clinicians within and outside the healthcare facility. EHRs also give providers access to evidence-based tools for better diagnosis and treatment of patients. With the large volume of information captured and exchanged in EHRs, providers and patients can enjoy the following benefits:
- Better patient participation
- Enhanced coordination of care
- Cost savings
- Improved patient outcomes
However, most off-the-shelf EHRs are designed with a lot of screens, data fields, and options that are not useful to all practices. So, it is important to work with a vendor that offers EHR customization to meet all the unique needs of your organization.
2. Telehealth Technologies
Telehealth is an emerging field of healthcare in which digital devices and telecommunication technology are used to deliver treatment, transfer health data, and provide medical education. Telehealth allows providers to have remote interaction with their patients in real-time. The wireless networks and smart mobile devices used today have improved the ability to have:
- Specialist Care: Telehealth technologies allow primary physicians to link up with specialists in real-time to treat rare cases.
- Training: Healthcare professionals can receive training or provide patient education through web conferences.
- Lower Cost of Care: Remote monitoring of patients and care coordination will reduce admissions and shorten a patient’s stay in the hospital.
3. Personal Health Records
Individuals or families with chronic health issues may end up with an array of personal health documents. These files, bills, and insurance papers can be difficult to manage. But with the advent of interactive personal health records, patients now can self-manage their health record keeping. This makes it easier for physicians to improve the quality of care.
A patient PHR gets its data from the databases of various patient’s providers. Some of the information patients can view includes:
- Appointment dates
- Immunization records
- Laboratory test results
Also, patients can provide data about their condition or insurance details and forward them to their doctor.
4. Physician Order Entry System
Computerized physician order entry improves health care delivery. It enables physicians to create medical orders and provide instructions related to patient treatment without repetitive data entry. This information may be shared with laboratories, pharmacies, or radiology departments that will fulfill such orders.
Physician order entry systems offer various benefits including:
- Reduction of errors caused by handwritten orders
- Prevention of duplicate orders
- Identification of incorrect dosages
- Simplification of inventory management
In many hospitals, these systems have saved several hours of daily work among different hospital staff, including nurses, doctors, ward clerks, and pharmacists.
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