Technology in healthcare is here and investment in this area is growing and is expected to continue doing so – figures suggest total expenditure in healthcare is expected to double in the next decade.
While technology in healthcare is an exciting aspect of progress in hospitals, aged care facilities and retirement homes across Australia, there has been a view within both administrations and technology experts that there needs to be a focus in connecting technologies while dealing with increased patient numbers as our population ages.
“There needs to be a focus in healthcare in connecting technologies.”
Day to day operations
So what are the areas in healthcare that will benefit from a boost, upgrade or streamlined approach (or introduction even) of technology? That is a little like asking how long is a piece of string, but there are some central areas where technology in healthcare will improve the day to day operations for both staff and patients. They include: communications, coordinating staff and technology and video surveillance.
Communication & technology
This is an obvious area where technology in healthcare is able to make real inroads. Areas to consider include: Unified Communications (UC) where IT experts can bring together the best practice integration of voice, vision and data technologies.
Unified Communications involves the integration of real-time communication services common to many businesses nowadays such as instant messaging (chat), presence information, voice (including IP telephony), mobility features, audio, web and video conferencing.
Some of the areas UC would cover in healthcare facilities include:
- Video conferencing which offers communication between clients, providers and family members
- Allows for easy access via a browser
- Cloud-hosted operation – so all your data stays in Australia
- Face-to-face video conferencing for medication management, case conferencing, wound care and assessment.
Staff & technology
One of our technology partners, MobiCall, is able to manage and coordinate staff via technology in a way that enhances the wellbeing of patients in hospitals, retirement homes and other healthcare facilities. It does this by offering technology systems in healthcare which help with:
- Emergency calls and voice recording
- Lone worker protection
- Evacuation procedures
- Fire, intrusion, technical and IT alarms
- Crisis and disaster management installation and remote maintenance
Camera & video
Another of our partners, Mobotix, has been producing megapixel cameras for many years and produce high-resolution video systems. These are used in healthcare facilities as a video surveillance and audio care solution which can be extremely beneficial.
Technology in healthcare is evolving at such a rapid rate it can be hard to keep up with. To find out more speak with one of our technical specialists here at Azentro. We have specialists who are highly experienced with working in the health technology sector.