Health care technology

Health care professionals in private and public health care have access to a vast array of technology products that support patient care, many of which can boost efficiency, streamline productivity, assist with the business of medicine, and importantly, help make more time to spend with patients.

When it comes to providing the best possible care in hospitals and other health care facilities, there’s simply no substitute for patience, time and thoroughness. This is true in hospital wards, pharmacies, waiting and administration environments, diagnostic meetings and training sessions, which are all environments that place high demands on time and resources.

Hugh Davies, business development manager at Epson in South Africa understands that it’s critically important for health care professionals to get the best possible value from their technology. Cost pressures are as much a reality as time is of the essence in the health care industry, “Choosing innovative technology that saves time, reduces costs, and boosts efficiency have become critical factors for any business. Epson gives you the power to keep costs under control and keep a focus on high quality care,” says Davies.

Ways to work the ward

Clear identification of files, laboratory samples and other patient collateral is vital to the integrity of a healthy ward environment. Writing outpatient details on every item attached to their care is a wasteful use of a health care professional’s time – and it makes patients vulnerable to risks exposed by human error. It’s much easier, more efficient and safer to print out the needed amount of long lasting labels within the ward environment.

Fast printing in pharmacies and medical rooms

Pharmacists can avoid lengthy queues by printing labels for medication quickly and accurately, whilst prints include colour coding to reinforce alerts and warnings for patients. Similarly, patient files in medical waiting rooms can be easily labelled and colour coded to speed up waiting time. Practices are encouraged to invest in a high speed scanner to capture paper-based records into an electronic database, reducing paper costs, storage space, and time taken to file and retrieve paper-based documentation.

Getting test and scan results out, quickly

Other allied professionals can use technology to their advantage too. For example, the team at Dr de Villiers and Partners, a privately owned radiology practice at Johannesburg’s Netcare Garden City Clinic, replaced its expensive and time-consuming conventional system of producing X-ray films with digital radiography. X-ray results can be achieved digitally, with images and reports being written to a CD.

Away with waiting room woes

Medical professionals can add value to patients’ waiting time by displaying useful information related to appointed times and healthcare, with space-saving, ultra-short-throw projectors. These same projectors could be used for training and review meetings, within hospitals or academic environments, making effective use of small spaces to boost health care providers’ knowledge and experience.

“We know that every second counts in health care – just as much as every cent counts – when it comes to managing medical environments,” says Davies. “There are many cost-effective solutions that boost efficiency just by changing one or two elements of the working day, the results that can be achieved by doing this are truly remarkable.”

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