For years politicians have been debating about the best way to keep healthcare costs from growing by double digits every year. The conversion to a standardized platform for electronic medical records (EMR) is an obvious and much needed change to cut costs.
But what can each hospital network do today to begin to cut costs?
HIMSS11, which just took place in Orlando, was all about hospital workflows and using technology to reduce errors and operate or respond more quickly. The theme to me seemed to be about giving providers the technology tools and data to make the best decisions possible.
At SecurEdge, we design, deploy, and support hospital wireless networks. So it’s pretty safe to assume that our clients have campus wide wireless systems.
So for our clients (and most hospitals out there), here are two ways you could be cutting costs on your hospital wireless network today:
there were many technology trends from HIMSS11, but the some of the best ways to cut costs operationally was to use Location Services. Wi-Fi-RTLS (real time location tracking), from companies like AeroScout, will show the staff where the critical equipment and resources are inside the facility… Including the status of the equipment (in use, need to be cleaned, available). Nurse call systems can even use RTLS to determine which nurses should be deployed to help a patient.
Imagine how much time could be saved if hospital staff knew the availability of their equipment and resources using RTLS.
Intelligent Medical Devices
There are many different types of wireless devices inside a hospital. Many devices don’t move around the campus, but many of those medical devices still can and should have wireless capabilities.
Processes like assigning prescription drugs can be performed using Wi-Fi enabled scanners to ensure patients are getting the right prescriptions, with the process being automatically uploaded into the patient’s EMR.
Wireless Medical Devices would cut down on costly mistakes as well as make processes like assigning prescription drugs to patients much more efficient.
What other ways are you seeing hospital wireless networks being used to cut costs and reduce errors today? Feel free to comment below.