4 Benefits of Computer on Wheels Solutions in Healthcare
The cost of delivering quality healthcare is spiraling. A great concern for not only patients and insurance companies, but for healthcare providers too. This rise in expenses is happening in every healthcare setting. From large academic hospitals to local community medical centers and outpatient facilities. Each stakeholder is invested in reducing costs. While increasing the quality and access to valuable patient services.
Integrating technology is an attractive way to streamline work and reduce expenses all together. For that reason, we see many healthcare organizations are now budgeting for investments that support technology and EHRs. Investments like improving the supporting infrastructure and systems.
Healthcare technology solutions provide healthcare organizations with many benefits. However, they pose several challenges as well. Implementing technology into healthcare institutions comes with rapid changes. You can go from managing patient data on paper to creating EHRs within a day. This means hospitals are rushing to adopt EHRs and integrating them into their workflow to achieve benchmarks for receiving federal funding.
And then there is the medical care staff. Hardworking dedicated people that are not traditionally used to using computers on the job. Their challenge lies with learning how to use new healthcare technology systems and hardware. As well as figuring out how to integrate them into their daily workflow. While continuing to maintain the expected high level of patient care.
The expectations and challenges of healthcare technology can only be met and solved when computers are seamlessly integrated into the workflow of healthcare professionals. Using technology to collect patient data, update daily charts and dispense medication requires integration. They need to be an integral part of the care staff’s job.
To accomplish rapid integration healthcare institutions can turn to mobile devices. Nonetheless, mobile carts, also known as computers on wheels, are proving to be the preferred IT solution in point of care settings.
But why are computer on wheels solutions a popular choice for IT integration in healthcare organizations?
Flexible and Space Saving
The highly mobile workflow of caregivers asks for flexibility. The ability to move technology from room to room. Following them wherever they go and wherever they need it.
Computer on wheels solutions allow a single computer to operate in multiple places around the hospital. This saves a lot of space as there is no need to place a computer in every room.
Space is especially critical in older hospitals. Buildings where the infrastructure is not adapted to large sized technology solutions.
Next to that, today’s medical carts are wireless. Medical approved battery systems keep the computer on wheels running throughout the day. Without having to charge.
When a battery is nearly empty, staff can simply ‘hot swap’ the empty battery with one that is charged in a charging station. A few charging stations around the hospital take up less space then a row of ‘spare’ medical carts plugged-in to charge.
The wireless feature of computer on wheels make healthcare technology even more flexible and less disruptive for patient care.
Medical carts support the collaborative nature of healthcare work. They integrate healthcare technology at the patient’s bedside. Allowing caregivers to enter critical patient data in real time.
This not only saves caregivers time. But also reduces the need for them to remember detailed patient information before entering the information in a static installed computer at a later time.
Having a computer right at the point of care combines two tasks into one. Before, caregivers went to see patients and collect patient data by writing it down and later on entering the same data in a computer. Computers on wheels let caregivers enter the data straight into the patient’s EHR. Only processing the data once.
Computers on wheels also improve patient safety. They eliminate the difficulty of deciphering handwriting, because data is entered right away. No room for error.
Caregivers care for many patients. Collecting incredible amounts of patient data in a short amount of time. The time pressure during data collection may result in unclear handwriting. Providing difficulty during entering of the data into a computer.
Real time patient data entering helps keep data clear and save.
Mobile technology solutions encourage patients to get involved in their own health. Improving patient engagement and creating better healthcare outcomes. Patients get instant access to their health information by placing computer screens or special healthcare displays at the patient’s bedside. That makes them one point of the ‘care triangle’.
Bedside screens on medical carts, or mounted on the wall, helps caregivers maintain eye contact with patients and supports data sharing with patients. Involving them in their own care.
Medical carts, or computers on wheels, complement caregivers’ and care staff’s workflow. Allowing them to spend more time caring for patients. And spend less time worrying about technology.
Good ergonomic design of the computers on wheels will further benefit the care team and reduce the risk of repetitive stress injuries.
Computer on wheels solutions not only provide instant access to electronic health records and reduce the risk of workplace injuries, but also add value to patient-caregiver interactions. Making them a healthcare investment that benefits everyone.