A healthy network makes for healthier patients
Healthcare institutes often underestimate the importance of a reliable and efficient network infrastructure - a critical backbone to healthcare operations. As healthcare institutes make the migration from paper to digital, more needs to be done to ensure that information systems remain secure, and new clinical information tools are easy to use. A poorly implemented system would mean that healthcare professionals will spend more time troubleshooting or worse still, fall back to the traditional way of manual reports.
The promise of connected healthcare is not far. Farrer Park Hospital in Singapore for example, has taken steps to embrace a connected network infrastructure that will serve as a platform for quality patient care into the long term. The hospital enables videos of operations to be broadcast in real-time within the hospital network. This helps with telemedicine and training.
The 220 bedded facilities, officially opened in March 2016, have the latest state of the art equipment and technology. Together with a connected network infrastructure, the seamless flow of information enables those who need the information, receives it in real time. This efficiency leads to improved patient outcomes.
Death by medical errors is unfortunately plaguing hospitals even into the 21st Century, and are symptomatic of miscommunication. To counter this, healthcare institutes should consider the possibilities of connected healthcare to enhance the way their medical staff communicate on a day-to-day basis, and ultimately create a world-class patient experience. With the amount of time and resources saved from navigating clumsy backend systems, healthcare professionals will be able to invest their time in the people that matters most - patients.
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