can automatically be updated by systems that are integrated with the hospital EMR.
Medicine scanners are one of the beneficial side effects of improved hospital data management. Adding
a medication to a patient’s chart or looking it up from
a record is nothing new, but when these tasks are
managed separately, mistakes can be made and drug
interactions can be introduced as data and record
updates lag behind the care being given to the patient.
All records should be kept up to date in real time
through the hospital EMR system. Barcodes and laser
scanners certainly aren’t cutting-edge technology but
seamlessly integrating their use into patient management should be seen as a cornerstone of managing
big data in hospitals today.
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example of the
tion that enhances
the existing train-
ing and skill of a
simply, it makes it
easier to find a vein
when placing a
on the patient this
can be more diffi-
cult than one might think. Practitioners are trained to
find even the most elusive of veins, but it can still be
difficult depending on the health of the patient. The
venous Doppler takes the guesswork out of finding
a good vein and helps ensure that fewer attempts are
necessary in order to care for the patient.
Technology-wise, the venous Doppler employs some
sophisticated imaging technology. Perhaps it’s not
as advanced as a bionic contact lens but in the right
hands it provides the right kind of vision for people
who need it the most. This device doesn’t replace existing training and skills, but enhances them to allow
the practitioner to focus on caring for the patient.
RAPID LAB TESTS
With the rising incidence of hospital infections, accu-
rate and rapid testing of patients for serious infections
can be the difference between life and death. Rapid
testing can stop disease in its tracks while saving time
and money. You name the infectious disease and you
can be sure that it’s probably better to get a rapid and
accurate assessment than it is to wait days or weeks
on the lab. Rapid insight into illness improves diag-
nosis and ensures the best possible patient care.
Monitoring of the patient’s vitals can be a very
important source of lifesaving data in the hospital.
With all of those wires, the patient is “tied to the bed”
which can be an inconvenience and can even slow
healing and recovery processes. Increased ambulation for a patient can help them be more alert, more
independent, require less nursing assistance and
improve patient mood. It may even mean fewer bedpans to clean if the patient can get up and go to the
bathroom for themselves. Wireless telemetry devices
typically use rechargeable batteries, and wirelessly
transmit monitoring data to a nearby base station.
When you think about what goes into a device like