Achieving interoperability—dismantling the technological silos that prevent clinical information from being shared across healthcare IT systems throughout the organization—can be a challenge. Fortunately, an emerging set of technologies is capable of helping hospitals break down the barriers to sharing, analyzing and using information. Gartner calls this group of technologies the Real-Time Health System (RTHS). These technologies help hospitals access and use point-of-care data more effectively to improve the quality of patient care.
As the healthcare industry continues to evolve and shift toward a value-based reimbursement model, hospitals and healthcare organizations are seeking innovative ways to lower costs, provide higher-quality care and improve efficiency. And that’s why hospital leadership is increasingly looking to technology as a means to streamline care and increase productivity.
Managing a hospital successfully can seem overwhelming in today’s changing operating environment. Providers must accept a larger share of financial risk for the outcomes they deliver, and patients are becoming savvier about their healthcare choices.
Rising to those challenges requires hospitals to break down the technological silos where clinical information gets stuck and can’t be shared across healthcare IT systems throughout the organization. Breaking these silos down—achieving interoperability—requires hospitals to get their systems and applications talking to one another, so they can exchange data in meaningful ways and use those insights to make the best care decisions.
From medical devices at the bedside to care collaboration and patient communication systems such as nurse call, hospitals need technologies with interoperable, open platforms that share information and insights in real time. That means they must look beyond the limitations of existing, outdated UL standards, which many use to measure the success of their healthcare IT systems. Simply complying with UL standards was sufficient when a nurse call system consisted of a light above the patient’s door and a bell at the nurse station. But with today’s healthcare demands, hospitals need a system that shares data, so nurses can efficiently manage growing patient loads and administrators can track the flow and delivery of care floor by floor.
Fortunately, an emerging set of technologies are capable of helping hospitals access, exchange and use point-of-care data more effectively across the patient journey. Gartner calls this group of technologies the Real-Time Health System (RTHS). RTHS technologies break down traditional barriers to sharing, analyzing and using information. Combining advancements in nurse call, clinical communication and collaboration, interactive patient care, and alarm management, these technologies leverage data, analytics and real-time communication tools, including mobile platforms, to improve the consistency and quality of care.
The Amplion Alert platform uses the best features of the RTHS to take patient care to the next level. While nurses deliver care to patients, the platform collects data at the bedside and flows the information into an integrated reporting and analytics portal that provides administrators with colorful, visualized reports. These insights give hospitals the information they need to better manage clinical teams, improve accountability across departments, and close communication and care loops with patients. Not only can hospitals use this information to enhance patient care and satisfaction, but they can also gain visibility to control labor costs and maximize reimbursements to drive better business results.
Hospital leaders are inundated with data that could potentially improve patient care, but outdated technologies, technological silos and the lack of interoperability between healthcare IT systems make efforts to tap into this insight fragmented and inefficient. Actually using this data to communicate, coordinate care and improve patient outcomes is a daunting task for clinicians and C-suite executives. As the healthcare industry makes the shift to value-based care, where reimbursement is directly tied to the quality of patient care, hospitals must overcome this hurdle so they can be more proactive about managing their patient populations.
Nurses pour so much of their passion and energy into caring for patients that it’s easy for the daily stresses and demands of the job to take a toll. What can hospitals do to alleviate nurse burnout and give nurses a helping hand with their ever-expanding patient care duties?
Real-time Health System (RTHS) technologies like our next-generation nurse call system can step into the gap, improving patient and staff communication while also delivering valuable real-time data and analytics to help balance workloads and alarm fatigue that lead to staff burnout.
The healthcare community has more data at its fingertips than ever before, but it lags behind other industries in making that data useful in real-time, says Tod Fetherling, CEO of the healthcare analytics software company Perception Health, which helps hospitals use health data to boost efficiency and profitability.
With the release of the new Gartner report, “Reinventing Nurse Call to Enable the Real-Time Health System,” analyst Barry Runyon lays out a path for not only improving but also transforming clinical communications in hospitals—a route that is becoming crucial for providers to take as they navigate the changing landscape of regulatory reform, new value-based mandates and growing patient populations.