Enhancing affected person outcomes with know-how

Round one in 20 sufferers is uncovered to preventable hurt in medical care, in keeping with a report titled, ‘Prevalence, severity, and nature of preventable affected person hurt throughout medical care settings: systematic evaluate and meta-analysis’, whereas 12 per cent of preventable affected person hurt is both extreme or results in demise. The identical evaluate discovered that 25 per cent of preventable hurt in medical care was associated to remedy. Past the human price of healthcare remedy errors, the World Well being Organisation estimates the world price to be US$42 billion yearly.  

Clearly, security is the highest precedence in healthcare and one affected person harmed from a medical error is one too many, however healthcare faces a labour scarcity and an ageing workforce amongst physicians. Hospitals around the globe recognise that their employees are experiencing fatigue and burnout.  

With fewer nurses and different healthcare employees usually, these remaining are answerable for extra sufferers in a rising and ageing inhabitants that might elevate the danger of medical errors and potential hurt to sufferers. Within the UAE and throughout the globe, the objective ought to be to enhance affected person outcomes and stop errors that ought to by no means occur (generally referred to as ‘by no means occasions’). 

Know-how strikes the standard of affected person care ahead  

To assist enhance affected person outcomes, cut back preventable errors, strengthen resolution help and supply stronger healthcare protocols, hospitals might want to proceed leveraging know-how. Ninety-five per cent of IT decision-makers surveyed within the Zebra World Healthcare Imaginative and prescient Research stated they count on to extend spending in healthcare IT and medical mobility, with eight out of 10 emphasising enhancements gained in decreasing preventable medical errors.  

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Thomas Duparque, Healthcare Supervisor EMEA at Zebra Applied sciences. 

Greater than half of the respondents within the examine agreed that know-how might assist enhance remedy monitoring, affected person throughput and nursing workflows. Moreover, eight in 10 stated that affected person care would additionally enhance if nurses, clinicians and non-clinical employees had collaboration instruments and healthcare functions.  

However know-how can be applied past the bedside or examination room and put the management proper into sufferers’ fingers digitally, whereas eradicating burdens from clinicians and offering higher outcomes for everybody. For instance, the Dubai Well being Authority (DHA) run the ‘Physician for Each Citizen’ service, giving folks entry to free consultations by voice and video calls, 24/7. The service covers preliminary session and follow-ups with DHA-certified physicians. The doctor can request laboratory and radiology checks and difficulty digital prescriptions.  

The Division of Well being (DOH) Abu Dhabi launched the DOH RemoteCare app that enables  folks to entry healthcare in their very own houses, with out visiting a hospital or clinic bodily. The smartphone app has instruments for analyzing signs, diagnosing non-emergency circumstances, reserving appointments and attending teleconsultations with docs by way of voice, video calls, or textual content messages. 

Will UAE healthcare go digital? 

The UAE is prepared and open to adopting digital know-how in healthcare. In accordance with a 2022 McKinsey survey, the UAE might use digital well being options to learn sufferers and enhance outcomes. In any case, smartphone penetration charges within the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are among the many world’s highest, estimated at 93 per cent, says the identical report. Why not increase digitised companies to healthcare?  

McKinsey’s findings revealed excessive ranges of curiosity and consciousness amongst UAE respondents in digital healthcare applied sciences. These options may gain advantage affected person outcomes from persistent illness administration to diagnostics and preventative care. McKinsey estimates the digital well being market within the UAE (mixed with the KSA) might hit US$4 billion by 2026.  

Whereas most shoppers within the UAE have by no means used digital well being functions, affinity is excessive amongst customers of current options, predominantly for his or her comfort and time financial savings, says McKinsey. The objective of digital well being companies within the Center East is to enhance affected person outcomes by growing digital well being capabilities that align with client wants and preferences. Ideally, digital well being apps ought to be capable to combine and/or share information instantly with a consumer’s physician, bringing a affected person’s digital healthcare full circle.  

Equally, enterprise-grade cellular gadgets like handheld computer systems and healthcare tablets can supply docs and nurses the visibility and connectedness they should guarantee seamless, real-time affected person care whereas avoiding the pitfalls of utilizing client gadgets in healthcare settings.   

Count on extra tech 

Whereas we’re getting into a brand new period of healthcare know-how, each within the fingers of docs and nurses in healthcare settings and on shoppers’ smartphones, we’re additionally experiencing new tech expectations from sufferers. Within the age of smartphones and good houses, it isn’t stunning that customers would additionally count on good healthcare and good Hospital.  

Most clinicians (83 per cent) and healthcare decision-makers (88 per cent) in Zebra’s examine say that sufferers count on elevated visibility of their therapy plans and extra management over their care (and that is exactly the place digital healthcare suits in). 

Know-how will solely proceed to learn affected person care and outcomes in healthcare. Transformational tech developments that allow higher distant care are main the way in which from telehealth to affected person monitoring gadgets and real-time well being platforms. And nearly all of healthcare clinicians and decision-makers agree the standard of affected person care would enhance if nurses, clinicians and non-clinician help all had entry to mobility and healthcare functions.  

It’s now not a query of ‘if’ know-how will proceed to positively influence healthcare outcomes within the UAE and throughout the globe — the expectation is extra know-how and sooner. 

References accessible on request. 


Thomas Duparque is the Healthcare Supervisor EMEA at Zebra Applied sciences. 

This text seems within the newest difficulty of Omnia Well being Journal. Learn the total difficulty on-line at present.
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