Today’s technology advances allow healthcare providers to give more interactive patient care than ever before. And when it comes to attracting patients and improving their level of satisfaction, it’s all about the technology used within the patient room.
In our latest podcast, focused on technology at the point of care, several experts share their thoughts on interactive patient care: Joan Hovhanesian, HIT consultant; Dr. Lynn Witherspoon, System Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Ochsner Health System; and Alissa Kubera, Senior Product Manager for Point of Care applications at Rubbermaid Healthcare.
The experts agree that topping the list of the latest in-room interactive patient care technologies is the bedside infotainment unit. With this unit, patients can access everything from Internet, TV and movies to menus, nurse call buttons and even in-room temperature controls. These units are especially good for children, helping keep them entertained and keep their minds off being in the hospital. And given meaningful use Stage 2 requirements for patient data access and education, these units are growing in popularity.
Other technologies impacting patient care at the bedside include iPads, which some hospitals now give patients to use for the duration of their stay — and barcode medication administration units, which greatly improve patient safety and help ensure the right dose reaches the right patient at the right time.
With the range of technologies available to healthcare providers today, what have been the biggest improvements to care in recent years? Our experts point unanimously to patients’ increased engagement with their care and treatment, as well as streamlined workflow, increased treatment accuracy and improved safety.
Listen to this podcast to see if you agree with our experts!
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