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5 Ways to Improve Your Medical Facility’s Technology

  • March 01, 2018
  • Blog
  • Ideal Linen

Improve patient care and experience, cut costs, streamline operations, minimize risks of human error – these are just some ways the latest medical technology can help your operations. And there is just so much to choose from both for improvement and technology.

Here are just a few ways to improve your medical technology:

1. Handheld, wearable, and implantable medical technology.

From tablets to smart watches, this is undoubtedly the era of the portable. Everything that could be done on a huge desktop computer can easily be accomplished in a tenth of the time and effort with handheld or wearable technology. It makes sense to incorporate accessible, not to mention far more affordable, computer technologies in improving your patient care. We are at an age where practically everything from app-based patient self-monitoring to admissions and patient education has a corresponding device. Your hospital should really be first in line to jump the gun on going wireless and wearable.

2. Topnotch data and security.

Data is probably the first and most essential part of digitizing your operations. Invest in data storage and security because hackers, frauds, and identity thieves move up the techie scale just as quickly as data providers do. The right size and kind of data storage can make all the difference between seamless, efficient operations and what could possibly be a catastrophe.

3. Bedside technology for patient use.

Bedside care is among the most important parts of hospital care, as well as easy recovery, and is also an area of care rife with opportunities for digitalization that could help improve both the patient’s experience and the delivery of care by their nurses and doctors. There are so many ways to utilize bedside technology, including those that give better and more comprehensive communication between the staff and patients and their caregivers, assist in accurate tracking of medicine administration and tests, and even improved one-step monitoring of patients.

4. Infection-detection technology.

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are some of the biggest concerns in any medical facility. The longer patients stay in hospitals, the higher the risks are of acquiring HAIs. Smart technologies are applicable in reinforcing preventive measures that are already in place as well as tracking the spread of the infection to help stop it in its tracks.

5. Tracking technology.

From barcodes to QR codes to RFID, tracking technologies are evidently helpful technologies to use in hospitals. They can be used to track patient admissions, medicine administrations, to automatically record patient data on their EHR’s, as well as to keep track of your inventory. RFID implantable technology, for instance, is ideal for linen management.

How RFID works in Linen Management

RFID are small microchip tracking devices that can be embedded in garments and linens. These chips are connected to the computer system of your rental program provider, which then automatically tracks and records each garment that comes in with each delivery. It also keeps track of each damage, repair, and replacement that your items go through while in their processing plant, so losses and surprise costs are avoided.

With everything smooth, easy, and appropriately recorded, your linen inventory is made so much easier and faster, not to mention more accurate!

Want to Learn More about Medical Technology?

RFID is all that and can do so much more for your linen management. Contact Ideal Linen! We’d be more than happy to accommodate your inquiries. Call us today at 800-658-4047!

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