As Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs) continue to increase in popularity among hospitals nationwide, the benefits of upgrading and automating our healthcare systems cannot be emphasized enough. While the doctors, nurses, and other staff members who work in hospitals are, by and large, incredibly competent and hardworking, they are still human. According to research from The Leapfrog Group, hospital errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 440,000 deaths each year.
Here are a few ways that systems automation can transform and advance healthcare:
- Improve inventory: Keeping track of the millions of dollars’ worth of medicine, medical devices, and other inventory that hospitals purchase each year can be challenging. One of the greatest benefits of systems automation is the ability to mechanize the inventory processes. Doing so helps ensure that hospitals are properly stocked with the equipment and medicine they need, and that no patient goes without a lifesaving drug due to an inventory mishap.
- Streamline orders: Systems automation can help hospitals cut costs by avoiding bulk supply orders. Hospitals are often guilty of this wasteful practice, mostly out of fear of an inventory mishap occurring. When a mistake can mean the difference between life and death, hospitals have a duty to be abundantly cautious. Automating the order procedure helps eliminate any doubt in the process.
- Cut costs: Poor communication between administration and staff costs hospitals upwards of $11 billion a year. Systems automation helps streamline communication and eliminate redundancies that may exist between departments, resulting in a more efficient hospital.
Decreasing hospital errors is essential to saving countless lives and the first place these errors must be fixed are on the backend systems that our doctors and nurses rely on. If you’d like to learn more about how your hospital could benefit from systems automation, click here.