In 2020, if you’re a doctor, nurse, or any healthcare professional, you know better than anyone that healthcare is changing, particularly due to the pandemic. Rules and practices are changing because of reduced access to resources and new distancing and sanitation requirements. Not only are you learning new processes, you may have a lot more patients too, and consequently, much more work to do. You may be more stressed than you’ve ever been before.
What if things didn’t have to be that way? Now is a pivotal time in healthcare, and when things don’t work as they always have, it may be time to implement new tools to make work manageable—and more seamless than before. Many hospitals are now thinking about remote monitoring systems for their facilities to keep a closer eye on their patients, but from a further distance. As technology has progressed over the years, now monitoring systems like these are feasible, and they could be a game-changer for everyone.
Implementing a remote monitoring system could feel strange at first, it has the capacity to make your life easier at work, and more effective. If you’re already on-board with the idea, visit our website to learn about the platform we offer, VSTOne, by clicking here. In the meantime, what are some benefits to look forward to once you’ve established a system in your facility?
1. Reduced PPE
Exposure is most likely one of the largest concerns right now at your hospital. With remote monitoring, staff exposure can be radically decreased. Using virtual communication, nurses don’t have to travel room to room to check on their patients as frequently. This is especially important during the pandemic for the overall health of your facility—to reduce your staff’s risk of spreading and contracting the virus. Some remote monitoring systems automate routine vitals checks and non-emergency in-room visits. Patients can also talk to their friends and family using the technology in their room to keep spirits up during a scary time.
2. Less staff for more patients
With remote monitoring, you can have a broader wing-span—check-in with more patients in less time. Imagine if you could cut the time it takes to do your rounds in half? If you could communicate with your patients via screen over wifi, you would be eliminating your travel time. Your patients that need immediate physical care could be prioritized while having peace of mind about your other patients that you’ve spoken to recently. Significant increases in patient numbers wouldn’t be an issue for your staff with a system like this, as alerts can be easily organized and instantly attended to. Patients also have the capacity to talk to their doctors remotely, as well as specialists and physicians that aren’t currently at the hospital. A wealth of knowledge is available quickly to meet urgent needs through remote systems.
3. Increased patient to physician communication
The biggest benefit of using technology for alerts is how instantaneously information can be received. If your patient has a problem, they or a vitals indicator can notify you in a matter of seconds. Patients will receive better care when their needs are quickly relayed to your staff. Sometimes, minutes, or seconds, can be everything in a dire situation. With remote monitoring, you can be anywhere and know what’s happening somewhere else with your patients. Another factor to consider is the amount of check-ins you can make. Rounds will take less time, meaning you can make more of them. Better communication and more of it could be the difference between life and death for some patients under your care.
4. Patients are more involved/knowledgeable about their health and care
When vitals and other information are tracked on a secure technological platform, patients can have the opportunity to be better informed about their health. Tracking tools can help them understand their progress or decline—they can be constantly in-the-know about their own health. For a lot of people, this will create a peace of mind and that will aid in their recovery. Anxiety and stress can hinder improvement, and this often comes from feelings of lack of control. Don’t forget that informative tools not only help you to give the best care, they also give your patients clarity about what’s going on in their bodies and what they personally can do to aid in their own recovery.
5. Home systems mean less hospital time
Remote monitoring can also mean less hospital time. If a patient is well enough to go home, but still needs monitoring—no problem! Remote systems with vital tracking can mean your patients could recover in the comfort of their own homes, and yet you can still know instantly if they have any decline. With video streaming through a device like a personal computer, phone, or tablet, you can still check in with them personally as well. They can still be part of your rounds daily without having to be cooped up in a hospital room. Features like this can actually expand care options for hospitals and increase bandwidth—allowing for more patient monitoring with less overhead cost.
Are you ready to for a remote monitoring system? If so, look no further than VSTOne. Our platform is comprehensive. With VSTOne, you can reduce PPE usage and protect your frontline workers with remote vitals monitoring, bed-exit alerts, and live two-way video communication. To learn more about VSTOne, visit our page here!