In the last five years, the pressures of managed care have driven health care providers to find more efficient, cheaper, and better ways to provide health care to their customers. Patients are no longer willing to wait in hospital ER’s for hours while waiting to be seen. Insurance companies are denying claims and asking for second opinions and are setting limits on how much they will pay for medical procedures. Hospital in this country are closing their doors every day. So, what are the countries health providers doing to help their customers and themselves.
Health care has discovered the Internet and the Internet has discovered health care! A rapidly growing number of Internet sites are dedicated to helping consumers find the information they need to make decisions about their health and health care. Patients are creating online communities that provide peer support, information on the latest research, and personal stories about their experiences. Health care professionals are using the Internet for research, to get access to the latest information in their field, to consult with their colleagues, and to keep in touch with their patients.
Almost every health care business, from insurer to hospital to pharmaceutical company, has a Web site. Medical Web, MD website, and Adam. com are just a few of the web companies that are providing these services to hospitals. All of the hospital’s in the Louisville and southern Indiana have there own web sites to tell consumers what they have to offer. Jewish Hospital, Clark Memorial, Norton’s all have web sites. They offer physician referral programs, on-line pre-registration, and the latest services they offer.
The days of doctors and nurses walking around with patient charts and writing and updating patient records is fast coming to an end. New wireless devices called Pen tablets are now becoming the new tools in hospitals. Pen tablet computers are an effective method for health care facilities to eliminate paper and chart records. Patient information is updated in real-time and caregivers can interact with the latest data. With the inclusion of a wireless LAN, doctors and nurses can easily carry the pen tablets from room to room to visit patients.
Pen computing technology has allowed health care workers to have full access to electronic data while literally on the move. With this type of automated system, hospitals can generate the comprehensive clinical outcomes required to ensure high-quality, low-cost care. Technical advancements in pen computing have made it possible to store greater amounts of information, use larger color displays, and run more data-intensive applications. Ov! erall, employees are less stressed, more productive, and more effective than ever before.
Time previously spent pulling, updating, and filing paperwork can be dedicated to quality time with patients. Fujitsu PC Corporation, Systems Automation Technology, even Microsoft, companies such as Symbol Wireless laptop computers have proven to be tremendous new tools for improving the effectiveness and efficiency services provided within the healthcare environment. Patient medical records, treatment and scheduling information is immediately available to caregivers at any location within a hospital. Mobility, flexibility and speed are advantages of the wireless system that permits caregivers to concentrate more on patients needs.