Few industries have more regular innovation than healthcare, and understandably so. Technology specifically has made its mark on the healthcare industry—with the aid of wearable gadgets that allow healthcare professionals to monitor patient activity and vital signs, there’s no question that times have changed. That said, if your facility isn’t adopting at least some of the technological advancements, it likely won’t survive long-term. We compiled a list of technology every healthcare facility needs in their offices and exam rooms; read on to learn more.
Laptops and Tablets With Cloud-Based Storage and File Sharing
Doctors and nurses don’t have the time to take handwritten notes; typing is more efficient and easier to read. That said, you should equip your facility with laptops and tablets for your staff to work efficiently. To boost efficiency across your facility and even for remote workers, you should incorporate cloud-based storage and filing, as it allows everyone to access the documents they need quickly.
Patient Self-Service Kiosks and Portals
Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak, people have begun taking their health more seriously. You can support patients in the office and beyond by providing on-site kiosks. Kiosks will allow patients to fill out information digitally which reduces the use of paper. Furthermore, kiosks can answer questions and even allow patients to pay bills or copays. Moreover, your facility should offer online portals for patients to view their personal documents, prescriptions, dosages, lab results, and tips that will improve their health. An online portal can also provide contact information for specialists if the patient needs a referral. Not only is a portal beneficial for the patient, but it’s also beneficial to the office staff and reduces their time spent on mundane tasks.
Structured Cabling in the Office
Finally, many healthcare facilities are having workers spread apart or even working remotely if at all possible due to COVID-19. Your office’s cabling infrastructure must be able to support both on- and off-site workers effectively, and the best way to do that is with structured cabling. Structured cabling is vital to the healthcare industry for several reasons. One primary reason is that it boosts office efficiency and the ability for facilities to provide adequate telehealth.
There’s a lot of technology every healthcare facility needs. Whether you have some of the tech mentioned in this article or none of them, you need it to take your facility to the next level. You control your facility’s future by investing in technology because technology is the future.