Medical computer carts on wheels are transforming the patient experience in hospitals. Medical carts help to improve the availability of patient information, increase efficiency and reduce errors at the point of care.
1. Better Patient Experience
High-quality medication carts on wheels can enhance the patient experience. Doctors, nurses and care workers can improve patient engagement because they can be in the room when reviewing medical notes. Mediation carts, for example, can be fitted with locking drawers that only allow authorized personnel access to safeguard patients.
Medical and care staff who spend less time waiting to access a shared, wall-mount computer system can spend more time with patients and develop their bedside manner.
Modern medical carts give healthcare staff immediate access to a computer, allowing them to quickly schedule appointments or respond to patient questions promptly. This helps patients connect with those responsible for their care while encouraging them to get more involved in caring for themselves.
2. Increased Efficiency for Providers
In comparison to stationary computer workstations, a medical computer cart on wheels is more efficient and still affords adequate work surface. Medical carts are portable, enabling doctors, nurses and care staff to administer medications and check on multiple patients quickly during their rounds.
This can be achieved without having to take a detour to a computer station after every patient or resident visit. Traditionally, doctors, nurses and care workers have to share a computer to input or access patient data at a central station.
A medical cart on wheels improves the data entry process because more of it can be done while in the room with a patient. Important health information can be discussed on a one-to-one basis with fewer interruptions.
Many medical computer carts on wheels have options for peripherals to be attached, allowing for diagnostics to be completed in the room. A mobile cart may have an ultrasound machine, tools for checking vitals, equipment for taking blood, and other standard procedural tools.
Many computers on wheels workstations can be completely customized, with height adjustment settings providing a stable work surface. A medical provider can choose what features they want their cart to have based on their needs, and without compromising their health.
4. Increased Confidentiality
With mobile computing, patients no longer have to worry about their personal information being on display, as was the case in the days of walls and cabinets that were visibly full of patient files.
Electronic health records are kept secure and stored in a provider’s network, and it is only shared with other providers with the permission of the patient.
Providers have different ways of protecting their networks, and mobile computing workstations can be customized with devices such as fingerprint or card scanners to give access to the patient network.
Patient files no longer need to be on show when the network can be accessed from a variety of terminals throughout the hospital, and even moved from room-to-room for ease of use.
5. Fewer Errors
With doctors, nurses and care workers having to go back and forth to a central computer station or having to decipher handwritten notes after a shift change, errors are inevitable. Those errors could have tragic consequences. Medical computer carts allow health workers to enter information at the point of care, without delay.
All information can then be verified accordingly, to ensure that all data held on the system is accurate. This ensures patient safety and protects hospitals and care homes against any potential lawsuits because of errors.
To learn more about medical carts on wheels that improve efficiency for your medical facility, contact Scott-Clark Medical today at (512) 756-7300.