In this article, we will discuss the top trends in healthcare systems software such as workforce scheduling and other various programs that can help speed up processes, make them smoother, and of course, easier. Let’s get started!
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1. Workforce Scheduling
Workforce scheduling is a program that helps in defining the work hours of your employees while taking into consideration the needs of your organization to ensure the seamless transition of one shift to another and that your operations remain uninterrupted.
While this is especially crucial in health facilities like hospitals that operate 24/7 and simply can’t afford not to (else put their patients at risk), it’s easy to see how it can help other industries as well.
This will also free up your actual workforce department from menial tasks and instead focus more on the needs of employees.
2. Face Recognition
Another helpful tech and still related to work tracking is face recognition. You probably have a system established already on how your employees clock in and out for their attendance keeping.
However, we definitely recommend switching over to face recognition. In doing this, you will be minimizing handling and contact that can potentially spread infection and contamination between your employees.
Your employees need to stand in front of the device as it reads their facial features and records this info. It’s contactless and infinitely safer.
3. Time Tracking
Let’s face it, however. There are times when healthcare professionals don’t need to be present on-site to work. Certain tasks are needed to be accomplished in the field or another remote setting.
The question is, does your employee really have to stop by the facility just to clock in and out? Wouldn’t it be counterproductive to do so if this is the only reason they need to appear in the office physically?
This is where time tracking systems like AMGtime play an important role. They allow remote time tracking and submission of attendance data with the help of a mobile application. They can literally time in and out anywhere they are. And should you need to double-check as to whether or not your employee is where he claims to be, some features allow you to track their exact location as well, with Google Map integration.
4. Electronic Medical Records
All of the technologies that we have featured so far pertain to employees and workflow management, but not to patients per se. This is where Electronic Medical Records (or EMR) systems come in.
In a nutshell, an EMR is a software that digitally records all patient-related health information within a single facility. It will also provide access to multiple care facilities and even your patients should your organization decide.
It can significantly improve medical practices on so many levels, such as providing physicians with accurate records on previous diagnoses, prescriptions, and laboratory test results. It can also improve the assessment of drug interactions, backed with actual data. And open a gate into a variety of disease management tools.
Unfortunately, regardless of its benefits, only several health care facilities in the United States have transitioned to this method of record-keeping. High capital costs and insufficient support for employee usage training are among the top reasons why many facilities have yet to integrate their current practices with this type of system.
5. Robotic Surgery
Finally, a list of current healthcare technology trends will never be complete without mentioning robotic surgery. It is, after all, the epitome of the perfect marriage between healthcare and tech.
Robotic surgery revolutionizes surgical procedures by improving precision and control. In this way, surgeons can perform minimally invasive up to more complicated procedures that would otherwise prove impossible before the invention of this technology.
We recognize, however, that there are concerns that robotic surgery will later replace human surgeons, but that is simply not the goal. While this tech will certainly be developed more in the future, keep in mind that this is to be used as a tool to improve the art of surgery itself and not replace it entirely or even serve as an alternative.
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What the Future Holds
Keep in mind that the five trends that we have shared with you above are not the only things that the future holds for healthcare and technology. There are other trends to be excited about out there, like the following:
- Artificial Intelligence Integration. This can improve communication lines within the facility between employees and between healthcare professionals and their patients.
- 3D Printing. The significant trend to watch out for is bio-printing since it will provide specialists with the ability to create artificial organs through bio-printing.
- Virtual Reality. It will forever change medical teaching methods by providing students a closer look into real-life practice and even receiving instruction remotely.
The ones above are simply the systems that we believe will provide any facility with a more solid foundation to incorporate other emergent technologies further down the road easily.
Healthcare Systems Software Trends
There are various software right now that can help both doctors and patients. Health care operations, for instance, will certainly benefit from workforce scheduling, face recognition, and advanced time tracking systems.
With these systems in place, facilities will be able to run smoother and safer. They will also help improve employees’ job satisfaction and allow you to save on valuable resources like time and energy.
Meanwhile, EMR systems and robotic surgery will change the way doctors provide treatment and how patients receive care as we know it. They were not invented to replace doctors, but they equip them with more tools to save more lives.