Healthcare organizations have recognized that to keep pace with industry growth, regulatory requirements, and increased responsibilities, caregivers require the aid of innovation. In the past, physicians and nurses had paper charts and labor-intensive processes. Manual processes took away precious time needed for patient care. Fortunately, caregivers today have the opportunity to tap into the entire patient history while in the room with the patient. This is a huge improvement from even five years ago. Many industry thought leaders have been paving the way, replacing paper processes and antiquated technologies with robust, mobile solutions that enable caregivers to improve patient care on-the-spot. Whether it be behind the scenes helping the operations, or front and center in the patient room, technology is changing the game.
Thankfully, gone are the days where nurses and physicians scour through layer after layer of an EMR to find the data they need. Ground-breaking, innovative technology available today enables physicians and nurses to work differently and more efficiently. This is accomplished by coupling the EMR data with automated workflow software that complements the clinical pathways. This makes care giving easier and more effective for the caregiver while simultaneously improving hospital quality. Proven results include reduced lengths of stay, improved hospital quality, and happier patients with the best possible outcomes.
The Future is Now
The sort of technology we’re talking about is being adopted much more quickly than the past because they are easy to use. A recent survey on Medcity reported that 97% of bedside nurses and 98% of physicians will use mobile devices in the hospital setting by 2022. The same report showed that over 90% of caregivers will be accessing EMR records on a mobile device. Finally, 55% of hospitals cited mobile technology reduces the cost of care, while another 72% of hospitals said that it improves the quality of patient care.(1) Healthcare providers also make use of the evidence-based data culled to display key information to the right person, at the right time. The value equation for workflow automation is complete visibility of real-time data that supports the best clinical decisioning. This data provides the foundation for making improvements in hospital quality and safety for both patients and staff.
Do Your Homework
Sadly, all technology is not created equal. Start by taking the time to consider your options and find a partner that will be the best fit for your organization. Look for a software partner that has configurable and innovative technology with multiple solutions, proven results, and will ‘play well’ with your current and future technologies. Companies offering Software as a Service (SaaS) are a great option because they provide subscription-based “cloud” services that are HIPAA compliant and secure. When narrowing down your vendor choices, be sure to include clinical leadership to represent your physicians, nurses, and other caregivers. This will ensure you choose the best technology for quick adoption to make the improvements you need.
Consider CLARIFIRE HEALTH®
Easy to use innovation? Check. Multiple solutions? Check. Interface with EMR? Check. Proven results? Check, check, check! CLARIFIRE HEALTH is a robust process automation application complete with mobile solutions that are being used by large hospital systems with compelling results. Ask us how we improve quality, patient safety & experience, and patient outcome all with the same product.
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Tammy Bourassa leads the business account management team at Clarifire. She came to Clarifire with over 15 years of experience in selling and supporting client software solutions within the healthcare industry. Her industry knowledge ranges from pre hospital/EMS care to inpatient and rehabilitation care. Tammy has successfully led various sales, account management and operational teams. When asked, she said she really enjoys growing business by building relationships. "It's so much fun to work with all the flavors of people and to help solve their issues."