Hospitals weigh in on pros and cons of EHR technology
More Systems in Place
According to one study, the number of hospitals that have added the EHRs system between 2010 and 2012 has tripled.
While this is good news, there is still much left to be done. Even though the numbers look good, not all of the hospitals have taken full advantage of the technology.
For instance, they may fail to provide access to other facilities and health care providers because they haven't figured out how to exchange the data.
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Benefits of EHRs
When looking at big data and HER meaningful use, it's easy to see how it can improve patient health care.
With more advanced technology being used in patient care, the need for more health care providers has increased. Each person may have a separate interaction with the patient and provide fragmented information with facts that seem to be disconnected.
EHRs provide increased sharing of information with up-to-date lists for medication and allergies and care plans. Rural health care providers can have more access to the latest information by accessing experts.
Practical Uses of EHRs
To better understand how EHRs can benefit patients, it's often helpful to see examples of it in action.
Some instances where it can improve patient care include:
• A primary care provider can be alerted to when a patient has been in the hospital or seen as an outpatient to allow them to follow up with the patient.
• A primary care provider can see any additions made to medications or treatment plans when a patient has seen a specialist.
• Emergency personnel can receive more accurate data on a patient for faster and more effective treatments.
• Faster retrieval of patient data when the patient is making a transition between care settings.
Having more information available can help hospitals reduce medical errors and eliminate unnecessary tests.
It can also allow providers to be aware of conditions that are separate but relevant to the diagnosis they have provided.
Concerns for EHRs
While there are many benefits of electronic health records systems, there are a few concerns.
One is the low-quality of some of the displays that can lead to inaccurate reading of data. The sheer volume of information can lead to data overload so that medical providers miss serious and important warnings.
Another concern is that inputting inaccurate information into the system can cause it to continue through the system as others view the wrong data.
Proponents of the EHR system admit to these shortcomings, but say it is a work in progress.
The benefits of the program far outweigh the concerns and the system will improve with continued use.
As more hospitals integrate electronic health records into their processes, patient care will only get better. And this should be the goal of any medical facility.
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LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”