Integrating technology into health care
As health care organizations strive to capitalize on increased efficiencies and meet Meaningful Use goals, technology will increasingly become intrinsically linked to the health care landscape.
Facing new challenges and opportunities
When it comes to health care information technology (HIT), health care organizations are at the intersection of opportunity and challenge. Innovations in HIT drive unparalleled opportunities to improve caregiver performance and enhance patient care and engagement. As noted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Widespread use of health IT within the health care industry will improve the quality of health care, prevent medical errors, reduce health care costs, increase administrative efficiencies, decrease paperwork, and expand access to affordable healthcare.” And as more health care organizations of all types strive to capitalize on increased efficiencies and meet Meaningful Use goals, technology will increasingly become intrinsically linked to the healthcare landscape.
At the same time, health care organizations are challenged with ensuring their equipment functions in partnership with caregivers. Converting to digital technologies requires a transition in operations as nurses, physicians, technicians and other caregivers integrate electronic devices into their workflow. Driving more technology into day-to-day operations also creates risk for higher injury-related costs from increased musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as carpal tunnel and back strain, in a field that already ranks as one of the highest for job-related injuries.
One of the fundamental components to ensuring a smooth transition to HIT—or improving on an existing HIT infrastructure—is the selection of computer and device mounting equipment. That’s because mounting equipment is more than just a fixture. It’s an investment in the bottom line. When properly aligned with operations, mounting solutions can markedly improve efficiencies, as well as the caregiver and patient experience. Proper selection and professional installation can also go far in reducing MSDs related to technology. By extension, this can add up to employee retention and greater market share.
Not all mounting solutions are equal, and some may even detract from the desired objectives. The first step is to thoroughly research organizational needs and available options to ensure the right solution is chosen for the right location. Selecting durable, flexible and easy-to-use mounting arms that work in partnership with staff is essential. The solutions should also bolster ergonomic objectives, reinforce communication and improve operational efficiencies. The second step is to work with manufacturers and installers who understand health care and who offer an outstanding level of service and support.