Emerging technologies (artificial intelligence, sensors and real-time health tracking apps) could cause a huge disruption to the healthcare industry. These technologies currently and will further change how caring for the patients is done. In addition, the change in demographics (around 5 million baby boomers are coming) will also present new challenges and opportunities to many healthcare facilities.
Is your healthcare facility ready for future disruptions and are you prepared to implement some changes to keep up with the times? Certainly your organisation has already formulated plans and strategies to adopt new technologies and practices. For instance, you might have already made data flow more efficient and streamlined the patient experience. Your team might have already attended trainings about emerging technologies.
Focusing on the essentials
Curiously, as adoption of new technology becomes more widespread, the human element becomes more and more important. For example, in the manufacturing industry many processes are already automated (done by computers and robots). However, any kind of error will be magnified thousands of times if automation is allowed to run itself. That’s why monitoring by humans became even more crucial to the whole process.
This is even more pronounced in healthcare settings. The human element has become even more vital to the patient experience. In fact, nurses and caregivers will now be able to better focus on the patients’ needs because of new technologies. The professional healthcare staff will have fewer things to think about and instead focus their energies on communicating and establishing rapport with the patients.
What about job automation? Will robots and artificial intelligence replace nurses, caregivers and even doctors and surgeons? Some aspects of medical diagnosis are becoming automated and handled by computers. With deep learning, computers can now scan through images and determine if there are tumours present and threatening. Robotic technologies are also under development that can perform surgeries.
But the human element is still vital in patient care. In fact, to become a patient-centred healthcare facility requires more involvement from humans. Patients will still prefer interacting with a real human being. After all, the actual act of caring is still reserved for humans. It’s still impossible for us to think of robots “caring” for us. It’s true that many aspects of healthcare will be automated. But it’s also true that the human staff will have more time and energy to the actual care of the patients (communicating, establishing rapport and knowing the needs of the patient).
Before focusing on trends and tech
Even without adopting artificial intelligence, robotics and automation, we can still tap on “unexplored” opportunities and pick low-hanging fruits to become a patient-centred facility. Your facility can have scientifically designed healthcare seats and mattresses to improve patient comfort and mobility. Your organisation can also make patient flow much shorter and more efficient (shorter travel distances and times when moving patient to different areas and examination rooms).
The continuing change in demographics (more need for elderly care) will make improved mobility and smoother flow more important in healthcare facilities. This requires an integrated approach (from admission to discharge of the patient) so patients will receive excellent care.
Here at Careleda we always think about both the Cared and Carer. With our healthcare chairs and recliners, patients will have improved mobility while making the carer’s lives much easier. As a result, the carer will be able to better focus on the patients’ needs and concerns. Call us today at 1800 044 012 and our expert staff will provide you with excellent recommendations.