As patient care becomes ever more complex, healthcare organizations are using advances in computer technology to improve on their service provisions. To this end, there has been the widespread introduction of medical computer cart solutions throughout the healthcare sector. There are many benefits to consider.
1. Enhance Workflow and Productivity
Mobile computer carts ensure doctors and nurses can access all relevant information at the patient’s bedside. Similarly, all information can be uploaded at the time of examination and shared with the central computer. Not only can better decisions be made by healthcare professionals, but administration time is significantly reduced.
2. Fewer Errors in Patient Information
The chances of error are reduced when recording patient information on electronic medical records at their bedside. Sometimes information is recorded illegibly on paper and re-entered incorrectly on a computer at a later time.
If the patient data is incorrect, lives could potentially be lost. Having medical carts strategically placed around the building can drastically improve record keeping.
3. Helps Prevent the Spread of Infection
Stationary workstations are often a focal point for point-of-care tasks. Doctors and nurses may gather there to discuss a patient before making their decision on treatment. However, this can be an epicenter for infection, which can then be spread around the building.
A workstation on wheels can be equipped with hardware that is cleaned and disinfected before each use. Patients will also feel more confident when they see the equipment being disinfected before it is used to treat them.
4. Lab Linked to Staff on the Floor
Healthcare professionals need to make decisions based on a wide range of information. Their own assessment is only one aspect of that.
Lab work is crucial in evaluating a patient correctly. However, labs are often based in different locations from the main healthcare building. Even emailing results will only get them to an administrative assistant.
Mobile computer carts enable the lab to send the results directly to the patient files. The professional at the bedside will receive a real-time update and can assess the information instantly. This speed of delivery could be life-saving.
5. Patient Convenience
Workstations can be equipped with technology ranging from barcode scanners to medication drawers that can be automatically locked or unlocked. This can improve the patient experience. Instead of waiting for a nurse to retrieve it from a central location, they get it directly from the cart.
Rather than writing out a prescription, they can now be ordered directly from the medical cart. The doctor then advises the patient it will be waiting at the pharmacy when they get there.
This is effective, as the pharmacy can quickly notify the healthcare professional if the prescription has not been received. Also, the patient will likely appreciate not having to wait for the prescription to be filled.
6. Improve Patient Engagement
A patient who feels involved in their own healthcare is going to have a better experience. Instead of the perception that decisions are being made for them, they can feel included in the process.
Charts with illegible writing are hard to share with patients. However, a mobile medical cart has a well-designed lit-up screen which enables the patient to see their information clearly. Healthcare professionals can explain in detail what the information means and develop a relationship with their patients.
A computer with access to educational videos and graphics about a condition is especially useful for informing patients about their condition, and the steps they will take for treatment. Doctors and nurses can use this opportunity to help the patient visualize what their diagnosis or injury means, especially if it is internal.
Educational opportunities like this help patients to ask questions more readily, and feel involved in their healthcare decisions.
7. Reduced Costs
Going paper-free is one way this technology reduces costs for healthcare organizations. Less paper, stationery, and postage costs can be significant in big institutions.
However, mobile carts also improve efficiency as professionals wait less time for information and can make decisions faster. Armed with better information, fewer unnecessary tests will be ordered and which saves both the medical facility and the patient on costs.
Advances in technology are transforming the way medical care is delivered. The healthcare industry is arguably going through a revolution, one which will benefit professionals and patients.
Mobile medical carts are changing not only the way healthcare professionals treat patients, but also their interaction with them. Contact Scott-Clark Medical for more information about how our medical carts can help streamline your medical facility.