Technology in Healthcare

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Healthcare sector has adopted technology at an unprecedented speed and today technology is in every department creating a difference in offering caregiving. Recently, ACT Health announced that they would be utilizing a whole new technology taking care-providing to a whole new level through the implementation of real-time digital bedside technology that will replace the old bedside whiteboards.

The healthcare provider has recently agreed with Adelaide-based healthcare informatics firm, Alcidion Group, to incorporate the company’s latest software module, Bed Board, in a new technology overhaul project. The new University of Canberra Public Hospital will be the pilot site to get the technological implementation, with the alternative for future application at The Canberra Hospital. Notably, the company will implement Patientrack’s new Bed Board module that will form part of the overall Electronic Patient Journey Board solution, consisting of Smartpage, Miya Flow and Patientrack.

The Patientracks Bed Board module offers real-time patient data by replacing the patient’s bedside whiteboard, which presently needs manually written notes from a nurse or clinician, with an electronic whiteboard or wall-mounted tablet. The board will also showcase real-time patient information from multiple data feeds straight to the bedside, with the intent of improving the patient safety & plummeting the risk of clinician error from physical whiteboard exercise.

The Bed Board module exhibits demographics to aid in Positive Patient Identification, estimated date of discharge, patient location, fall risk status, dietary requirements, and mobility information.

This implementation marks the first health provider to use Alcidion’s complete end-to-end product suite.

As technology is being adopted in healthcare, the only aim is to offer excellent care by highlighting risks in time, notifying clinicians about the health changes of patients’ health conditions and impediments to patient flow to make sure they are managed before they impact on the length of hospital stay. The healthcare technology solution providers are adding smart technology into healthcare to add value to digitized healthcare that is being invested in – so they can add value to EMRs, draw information straight from laboratory and radiology, and also support clinicians in the delivery of care using mobility as a tool.

The bedside technology interface aims to be intuitive and in line with what clinicians need at the bedside to make decisions. The solution also enhances communication between the patient, their family, and the care team, as well as competence within the nursing team. This real-time information needs to be entered only once and is drawn from the foundation of truth. It is then presented real-time at the patient’s bed, so doctors or care providers know it is the right patient and know what is significant about that patient at a glance.