To ensure quality care, nurses and patients need efficient ways of communicating with each other. Nurse call systems allow patients to signal for help without a nurse with them in the room. In its simplest form, a patient presses a button in their room and a signal is sent to a nurse station to indicate the patient needs assistance. Other technologies such as wireless, intercoms and cell phone alerts are becoming more commonplace and allow for even more flexibility for nurses needing to move about a healthcare facility. Benefits of nurse call systems include:
- Speed – allows nurses to react in a timely fashion and to oversee their patient’s requirements more efficiently.
- Cost – nurse call systems are a highly cost-effective solution for monitoring the wellbeing of patients and ensures that their requirements are met as fast as possible to help avoid any unnecessary suffering or discomfort.
- Versatility – nurse call systems are highly versatile and can be adaptable to most situations.
Real-Time Locator Services
Real-time locating systems (RTLS), allow healthcare facilities to see where patients are, how long they’ve been waiting, and where physicians should go next. This real-time data can be displayed on electronic whiteboards and other communication systems, allowing supervisors to adjust resources according to patient volume and demand. RTLS typically involve wireless transponders worn by patients and doctors that communicate with front-end receivers that display patient and doctor status. Benefits of RTLS include:
- Enhanced movement of staff and patients. Precise locating in large, multi-level healthcare facilities can be crucial in giving care or receiving care.
- Protect assets and lower equipment waste. With RTLS, administrators can keep track of assets and when they need to be serviced or sterilized. This helps to keep operating costs and redundancy down while keeping the safety of the patients as the top priority.
- Do more with less. Hospitals are data-driven places, and sometimes the amount of time it takes to record all the necessary data is time away from patient care. Tracking patient data like case status, milestones and patient location can provide quick, needed analytics.
Electronic medical record (EMR) or Electronic health record (EHR) is the collection of medical records in a digital format. This allows doctors and physicians the ability to access patient records all in one place, simplifying patient care and ensuring information is kept up-to-date. Choosing the right EMR solution is essential to minimize the disruptions that can be caused by switching from paper to digital records. Consult with ATS FS to plan a pain-free EMR transition today.
Benefits of EHR integration include:
- Improved patient treatment across the care continuum.
- Improved care coordination and faster access to records.
- Practice efficiencies and cost savings through decreased paperwork.
- Elimination of workflow redundancies.
- Increase patient participation and transparency.
- Improved diagnostics and patient outcomes including more accurate prescribing and higher patient satisfaction scores.