Tech in the Medical World

Trends in technology and gadgets are always changing and as consumers we’re always aiming to keep up with the most up-to-date versions. Most of us don’t even understand why we behave the way we do, all we know is; everyone else has it or is doing it so I’m going to do the same, without ever giving it a second thought. Take the new ‘iphone 6s’; pretty much everyone who has the older ‘6’ version would be happy enough to recommend it to you however as soon as a newer, slightly modified version is released; like leaves in the breeze they find themselves drifting towards the stores where they are efficiently served and deposited outside with everything they came for.

Surprisingly consumer products are not the only thing that process us on a daily basis, did you know that when you go to a hospital you are from that instant triaged and embarked upon a similar journey called ‘patient flow’. Imagine this journey is a bit like a flow chart; when patients come in they could have any number of illnesses or complications which could take them in any direction to any department but like a flow chart they seem to be able to follow a certain path that will arrive them at the correct treatment. This is no accident as hospitals regularly use systems like oak group patient flow software to automate the process thereby speeding the whole process up and reducing likelihood of staff error.

The entire process involves a hospital wide (and in some cases regional wide) network of computers and electronic devices through which staff share information and intelligence on patients and their treatment ensuring no information is misplaced. The entire procedure follows 4 main steps; firstly a patient is admitted and logged into the system, this may be through A&E or appointment. The patient is then initially diagnosed so that resources for treatment can be allocated. The patient is then treated appropriately according to diagnosis after which the process is repeated in order to treat any secondary ailments. All in all this process can be repeated numerous times until a patient is fully treated, hence the reason for automation.

Another great clinic management software tool available for hospitals is the WardView electronic whiteboard system, cutting down on administrative tasks for busy staff and enabling a better flow of admissions and discharges. With easy to use touch screen technology there is no need for off ward training.

Technology is really helping the healthcare industry and it will be interesting to see how many adopt and adapt to these changes in the coming years.

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