By Stefan Spendrup, Vice President of Sales for Northern and Western Europe at SOTI
A year after COVID-19 puts more strain on industrial workers than ever before, outdated and non-existent medical technology is potentially life-threatening. A SOTI survey of home care workers, home-visit nurses, and healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom and Europe, as well as Canada, the United States, and Australia found that people with a medium level of technical immaturity. It shows that it affects the care ability of. Flood of managers.
This study forms part of SOTI’s new Critical Care Technology for Critical Care: Mobility Status in Healthcare 2020/21 report. In this report, the organization has been successful during the pandemic, as well as the major mobility challenges facing the front lines of how healthcare professionals are equipped from a digital perspective.
Surprisingly, more than two-thirds of healthcare workers in the UK alone and more than half of the world could help investing in new or improved technology frameworks save more lives. I agreed.
At best, spending too much time on processes that can be simplified with a more modern and interconnected technology infrastructure is difficult. But 2020 was not the best time. As healthcare budgets are already growing and COVID-19 continues to dominate the world, patient recovery statistics are being scrutinized more than ever, and lessons need to be learned. Healthcare professionals need help, and it’s time for the industry to equip them with the tools they need to provide life-saving first aid.
Requests for digital assistance remain unresolved
To further emphasize the immediate problem, 63% of survey respondents worldwide estimate that within an average week, a device or system failure was caused by a technical downturn. An additional 56% find that using their institutional technology wastes valuable time spent helping patients. In fact, less than half of the worker’s time, especially 37% in the UK, is spent helping patients. Most are occupied by activities such as updating patient records, recording information, or managing administrative tasks.
Given that few people enter the field to perform such activities in this area, long-term fear of fatigue and loss of skills is a very realistic possibility. So it’s no wonder that such a huge percentage is seeking digital assistance.
Worryingly, so far, these calls have been unanswered, with only one-third of the world’s healthcare professionals saying their employers have invested in new technologies. Even more worrisome, this contributes to statistics, and only a quarter believe that a technology system is in place to manage a pandemic.
This year is an awakening call for a sector-technology relationship, the impact of which may already be felt, but there are still opportunities to protect yourself from future crises. Actions in the form of connected networks that enable immediacy and simplicity are now needed from the perspective of patient care and automation and control of overall operations and management.
The Internet of Things (IoT) holds the key to making operations simpler, smarter, and more reliable. It delivers both simplicity and manageability at the same time by connecting devices through a vast, interconnected network and providing workers with a more agile and mobile platform.
It seems like an obvious solution, with the element “why the sector wasn’t already adopting such infrastructure”. Of course, the answer is security. Providing mobile devices to healthcare professionals in the field is a delicate balance and has not escaped the notifications of those involved. More than two-thirds agree that accessing the employer’s system on a mobile device when visiting a patient will make the job easier, but 82% have also experienced problems with different systems in the past. There is. At that point, they naturally want to go back to a more familiar process to avoid abuse and loss of information.
This skeptical view of digital robustness and security has recently been struck by two notable attempts at large organizations in 2020, including a high-profile security breach such as the NHS WannaCry ransomware attack and the Bruno University Hospital in Prague. I haven’t been helped. (Successful) and even the World Health Organization (thankfully it wasn’t). Sadly, healthcare isn’t off limits for cybercriminals, and it’s likely that it’s difficult for many to physically take responsibility for digital management and put it into the hands of workers.
Therefore, the focus should not be solely on offloading healthcare digitization and its transition to people in the field. The next step in healthcare needs to be an education-led shift to a new culture based on secure interconnectivity.
Take control and reduce the burden
In total, about 80% of healthcare professionals around the world are concerned about the security of patient records as part of their digital infrastructure. This is a valid and realistic concern if the device is not properly managed.
However, this is due to a lack of understanding (rather than lack of availability) of platforms that can mitigate these issues when implemented for a wider range of infrastructure migrations. Platforms, such as the SOTI ONE platform, provide all the tools needed to connect and manage IoT transformation and associated mobility devices to offset this concern.
This is a new frontier in healthcare, with inevitable concerns about how to manage security, support, analytics, integration, and upgrade complexity. But it is this level of sophistication, protection, visibility, and consequent efficiency that helps solve the most pressing challenges in this sector.
It’s not just about adopting the IoT, it’s about controlling it. The decision maker’s responsibility is to have a central point of analysis and control that relieves pressure from front-line siled individuals. Technological transformation should not be a burden to the people in the field, but the employer’s responsibility to incorporate such a culture into the organization so that workers can operate in a less restrained way.
For any company or organization, this should be a proposition of discrimination, but it’s time to embrace smarter technology in literally life-threatening sectors.
Thus, the problem of trust between frontline workers and digital devices can be remedied, and their primary ambition to treat those in need can once again become their primary role. I will.
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