STL’s own team of superheroes, led by Al Danklefsen and Ashley Enders went to Lexington, Kentucky on May 8-9 to participate in the Kentucky Hospital Association’s 85th annual convention. The KHA serves as advocate for legislation and public policy that favors hospitals and related healthcare entities. The annual convention brings together 300+ professionals including CEOs, CFOs, CNOs, attorneys, directors and trustees from across Kentucky. It is one of several healthcare conferences STL attends and/or sponsors, and begs the question: what are the technologies that are revolutionizing healthcare? Further, how can STL help your institution (hospital, medical center, assisted living facility, nursing home) utilize these technologies for better patient outcomes while reducing costs?
Devices (Pivot, iPhones, Smartphones, BYOD) and Apps
The widespread use of phones and phone-like devices (like Spectralink’s Pivot, see our FAQs: http://goo.gl/mDLESH) and medical apps made specifically for HIPAA-compliant data transfer, used in conjunction with patients’ EMRs, has not only simplified getting information among doctors, but also made for more accurate and complete medical records.
For more information on medical professionals utilizing technology in their practices, read here: http://www.informationweek.com/mobile/47–of-doctors-use-smartphone-tablet-and-pc/d/d-id/1111170
Wi-Fi and VoI P
A growing trend in hospitals and other healthcare arenas is WLAN connecting more devices than the LAN – everything from medical devices, RTLS, to internet access for guests. Further, the institutions are using VoI P to create an infrastructure for both data and voice, simplifying the IT infrastructure and allowing for more consistent accessibility of staff. In conjunction with these trends, more medical devices are becoming IP-based. Without the flexibility offered by a mobile network, the devices are more susceptible to human error because there is simply data input instead of input plus transfer.
The statistics about social media’s role in medicine are astonishing, as outlined here: http://getreferralmd.com/2013/09/healthcare-social-media-statistics/
Although younger generations are remarkably more likely to use social media as a tool in determining what their symptoms might mean or what course of action they should take, the numbers are consistently increasing. Even the esteemed Mayo Clinic has taken to social media, increasing its podcast listening base by 76,000 after doing so.
What good is all of the information that we’re capable of gathering, correctly, if it can’t be analyzed and put to good use? Being able to harness all of the information (whether EMRs, wearable trackers of vitals, sleep patterns, fitness, etc.) should translate into better outcomes for patients.
How Can STL Help You?
STL’s unique System Integration approach to healthcare ensures having a single point of contact for voice, data, wireless and video needs. Our 25 years of experience enable us to provide technical expertise when connecting these often disparate systems. Specialties include integration to nurse call systems, EMR systems, barcoding capabilities, medication verification and more. Call us to start a discussion about what your specific situation is and how we can bring you up-to-date. Call 314.205.7100 or e-mail AlD@stlcom.com.