The Connected Clinician: revolutionising acute care nursing October 18th, 2018
Did you know that nurses are spending more than 30% of their time in non-patient-care activities?
With ever-increasing government regulations for improved clinical documentation, in combination with a constant flow of new medical devices, it may come as little surprise. But more than any other hospital staff member, nurses have felt the greatest impact to their workflow in support of Meaningful Use requirements and modern healthcare best practices.
The new reality is that nurses are being reduced while simultaneously being asked to deliver more effective care.
So what exactly is the ͚Connected Clinician͛ and what is enabling him or her to be more effective and efficient than ever before? The answer rests in new clinical mobile applications running on true Clinical Smartphones.
Applications such as vitals collection, meds administration, specimen collection, alarm management, nurse call and most importantly, care team communication are in the greatest demand. Reference apps that provide nurses and other clinical staff easy access to electronic drug data and dose safety information are very common as well.
The modern clinician needs to stay connected whenever and wherever they may be in the hospital. As well as having access to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone calls, secure texting, email and even video chat sessions, clinicians also need to be connected to their patients and their data.
A Connected Clinician can monitor all the technology attached to their patient from anywhere in the hospital. Being able to check heart rate, blood pressure and temperature of the patient while walking down the hall to retrieve some supplies is a great way to repurpose less productive time.
Another important connection point for clinicians is Nurse Call: staying connected to the needs of the patient and their family members during their time under your care. The single most important factor in patient satisfaction scores is a patient͛s belief that their nurse is there for them and in contact with them.
Clinicians can also connect to the Internet of Things (IoT) either through an app on their phone or by accessing the Internet, offering immediate access to the data they need to do their jobs more effectively. For example, recent survey reported that more than 50% of nurses preferred to look something up rather than ask another nurse or doctor.
Honeywell͛s Dolphin CT50h is the industry͛s most advanced clinical smartphone. It can empower clinicians and staff to deliver an exceptional patient experience across the continuum of care, providing seamless mobile access to clinical systems, vital patient data and connectivity between the care team. It͛s a rugged, modern device to maximise productivity, accuracy and ROI. To find out more about Honeywell healthcare products, contact BlueStar today.
Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation.
Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.