Typical healthcare system snafus, like erroneous information on medical records, additional treatments required due to sample errors, and insufficient means of communication amongst staff, cost hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Not only are these errors costly, but they’re also dangerous.
Maintaining the accuracy of documents, inventory, and patient charts in a bustling, fast-paced hospital environment is a challenging task. That’s why it’s important for administrators, doctors, and nurses to lean on equipment, tools, and applications that streamline processes and provide real-time data. Rugged technology transforms healthcare delivery by providing solutions to complex problems, from inventory management to patient tracking.
We’ve rounded up the tops ways in which rugged healthcare solutions support hospitals and clinics in giving the best patient care possible.
Accurate, Up-to-Date Patient and Medical Data Storage
Though many of today’s healthcare systems have come to further depend on digital applications, a large number of printed documents, like wristbands and test orders, can cause disjoints in information and confusion amongst staff. Rugged printers like the ZT610 and ZT620 from Zebra make it easier to maintain up-to-date patient charts and data storage by leveraging RFID printing.
RFID (radio frequency identification) printing/encoding is unique in that it enables digital data to be encoded in a ‘smart label’ and then captured by readers using radio waves. This means hospital and clinic staff can scan RFID labels even when a barcode isn’t feasible or when a barcode has been made unclear due to a number of common damages. If an RFID code is printed on a patient wristband, for instance, a nurse can easily scan the band and transmit real-time, wireless data.
Providing up-to-date data means doctors and staff are equipped with all the information necessary to best serve patients and cuts down on possible errors or unnecessary tests and treatments.
Simple Employee and Equipment Tracking
Smart badges and RFID codes make it easy to track staff whereabouts and creates more security throughout the entire hospital. For staff, smart badges make for clear identity verification, ensuring secure access control. These identification cards can include a barcode, RFID technologies, and color printing. Access to staff location also empowers collaboration, ensuring that the appropriate and convenient staff members can be called for when needed most.
Additionally, smart labels provide important information about equipment, such as notes on whether or not a piece of equipment isn’t functioning properly or where the nearest tool is located for quick retrieval. Not only does this increase efficiency, but it also allows for easier inventory management that can be updated in real-time on a more frequent basis.
Real-Time, Reliable Communication
Hospital staff, including doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, can communicate more easily by using a mobile technology solution, like DT Research Tablets. Access to real-time information about patient’s treatment (without having to take redundant notes or checking on medical records from a variety of documents and digital folders) means staff can make educated decisions based on all the relevant information at hand.
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