Embracing digital transformation in hospitals to optimise care

By embracing information technology, hospitals can increase the quality and efficiency of care services and provide an improved patient experience.

Around the world, hospitals are coming under increasing pressure as patient expectations continue to rise and the cost of care approaches unsustainable levels.  

By embracing information technology, hospitals can increase the quality and efficiency of care services and provide an improved patient experience. 

Why is embracing new technology important? 

Today, many providers still operate with silos of data stored in different information systems. Doctors, nurses, pharmacy, and administrative staff often have trouble accessing and sharing patient data, having to open multiple systems to find the information they need, even at the point of care.

Disjointed information systems can not only have a negative impact on the patient experience but also cause inefficiencies and increased costs to providers.  

Digital transformation and end-to-end hospital information systems change that scenario and optimise healthcare outcomes. 

Digital transformation in hospitals

At the core of healthcare digital transformation initiatives are hospital information systems (HIS). A fully integrated, end-to-end HIS seamlessly connects information across hospital systems and departments. It allows care providers to optimise the patient journey, from arrival, through to assessment, admission, care and discharge.  

Combining disparate systems into a complete solution that includes patient administration, integrated back office management, scheduling of surgical resources and pharmacy automation helps ensure that resources are allocated effectively, improving operational efficiencies. 

Digitisation of health records and the integration of these with departmental and financial hospital systems provides a holistic, up-to-date overview of the patient in real-time. This results in doctors and nurses being able to provide accurate and personalised care to their patients at a reduced cost to healthcare providers. 

Optimising healthcare

Implementing a well-designed HIS, where clinical information from various data sources is consolidated and shared immediately, results in more accurate medical care – and ultimately — a better patient experience, higher satisfaction, and the higher chance of a positive outcome.  

As a patient moves through the facility, all records are electronically captured and coded, enabling automatic recognition of a patient, visit, caregiver and form type when scanned back into the system. The reduced dependency on human resources through automating processes assists staff at every step of the patient journey, resulting in less duplication of services and improved care coordination across teams.  

Having easily accessible patient data also allows for the recognition of patterns that may be formed. This can give valuable insight into a patient’s behaviour, such as a patient’s response to certain medical conditions, frequency of visits, and awareness of their medical conditions. Analysis of this data can help plan a more informed medical ecosystem to better serve patients and to open doors for commercial prospects.  

How can Orion Health help? 

Orion Health Enterprise is an integrated hospital solution that connects patient, clinical, departmental and financial departments. Designed with the end user in mind, with pre-configured best practice workflows, Enterprise allows health professionals to see the information they need to make the best clinical and business decisions – all from one system. 

Implemented using a rapid approach, the solution can be delivered as an end-to-end hospital information system, or as individual modules, helping hospitals and health systems to realise value quickly. The modules include administration, clinical, departmental management, ancillary departments, and back office. 

Orion Health Enterprise provides the building blocks for precision care by measuring outcomes, not procedures and focusing on patients, not processes. 

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