ERP Technology For Healthcare
Written by Shukti Sarma
Modern businesses are all adapting fast to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) technologies, which integrate external and internal management information across the board. Healthcare enterprises too, are not an exception. ERP technology enables seamless flow of information, and also keeps the management connected with the stakeholders. Still, considering how rapidly changing healthcare methods are, the sector has been slow in implementing ERP.
ERP technology is more popular in non-medical fields, such as financial accounting, supply chain management, customer relationship management and human resources management. However, hospitals and other healthcare concerns equally benefit from it. With seamless integration and flow of data, ERP technology makes a health concern more efficient and prompt at delivering the service it is required to give.
While for most big businesses, ERP systems are a must, small and medium sized businesses have much to gain from adapting to it. It is very important for health concerns and hospitals, since this is an extremely busy sector, with constant influx of patients and technologies, and hence, the existing systems need to be upgraded regularly for efficient functioning.
With ERP technology, patient information, data archives and supply chain information can be managed much better. The most common use today in the field of healthcare technology is that of maintaining EHR or electronic health records. Healthcare is a field where costs rise fast, but demand for services and products always outrun it. If hospitals deploy Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, it will not only lead to cost savings, but also optimize income generation.
In many hospitals, ERP technology is deployed in shape of some communication component that enables smooth transfer of patient information, which is regularly used both internally and externally. The result is not only improved service, but also saving up of precious time when it comes to treatment. Even the health professionals’ time is saved.
Like other businesses, if hospitals customize and standardize their systems to integrate best practices, it enables better financial control over operations. This is vital when it comes to purchases, since in hospitals it is crucial to keep track of medical and medicinal purchases. In healthcare, it is doubly important that there is seamless flow of information and total control over the supply chain. Manual or un-integrated methods of management only leads to waste of time and resources.
However, there are some hurdles as well. Most hospitals and health concerns are still alien to the concept of ERP technology. There is some user resistance in some cases, as adapting to ERP system requires a significant change in work processes and is a highly complex system. This becomes a matter of concern for some institutions, since healthcare is an intense and high-pressure field, which allows for no breaks.
Moreover, the trick lies in choosing the right ERP technology. It all depends on the software; and it requires good integration and customization. A faulty implementation and a bad choice can have disastrous consequences, since when saving lives are concerned there is zero room for error.
Better Care And Fewer Costs
Most ERP solutions providers also have customized systems suited for the healthcare sector. Infosys, Steria, Datamonitor and Avanade are among numerous IT solutions providers who have dedicated systems for this field. Microsoft and other software manufacturers have several packages and programs like Microsoft Dynamics, which help businesses, manage internal information better.
Running a healthcare concern is an expensive matter, and ERP technology helps maintain costs. ERP technology helps hospitals break their isolation, and move past slow paper-based procedures. Thus, hospitals can focus more on patients, and stay competitive.
Not just hospitals, ERP technology can be used for public platforms too, like some community health programs or health forums. For example, a public system can provide detailed information of best practices in diet and exercise, offer lifestyle advices and trace a network of healthcare professionals and institutions which can come in handy for patients seeking treatment or following up.
Jvion launches AI-powered map to tackle mental health crisis
Clinical AI company Jvion has launched an interactive map of the US that highlights areas that are most vulnerable to poor mental health.
The Behavioral Health Vulnerability Map uses Jvion's AI CORE™ software to analyse public data on social determinants of health (SDOH) and determine the vulnerability of every US Census block group.
Vulnerability refers to the likelihood that residents will experience issues like self-harm, suicide attempts or overdoses. The map also identifies the most influential social determinants in each region, to show the social and environmental conditions that contribute to mental illness.
As an example, the map shows that Harrison County in Mississippi has a 50% higher suicide rate than the rest of the state. It also shows a high percentage of individuals in the armed forces at a time when active duty suicides are at a six-year high, along with a high prevalence of coronary artery disease, arthritis, and COPD, all chronic illnesses that are linked to a higher suicide risk.
The map also shows Harrison County has a high percentage of Vietnamese Americans, who studies suggest have high rates of depression and may be less likely to seek help from mental health professionals.
The map was built using the same data and analytics that Jvion used to create the COVID Community Vulnerability Map, which was launched towards the start of the pandemic.
With this new map, Jvion is aiming to tackle the growing mental health crisis in the US. “At a time when so many Americans are struggling with their mental health, we’re proud to offer a tool that can help direct treatment resources to the communities that need it most,” said Dr John Showalter, MD, Jvion’s chief product officer, who led the development of the map.
“For too long, the healthcare industry has struggled to address social determinants of health, particularly in the context of behavioural health. Our hope is that by surfacing the social and environmental vulnerabilities of America’s communities, we can better coordinate our response to the underlying conditions that impact the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.”