(Part 7 Green Hospitals)
Health institutions must now transform into digitalized organizations in accordance with the current technological change with agile connections, without delays and without interruptions. As a fundamental part of the conception of a Green Hospital, it is essential to put aside the consumption of paper and similar.
It constitutes a challenge of adaptation, a process that incorporates technology into general hospital management.
The current health model must make use of computer tools to guarantee care, coverage and continuity of care, improving communication exchange and adapting available resources to the demand of its patients.
“Digital advances in health are a paradigm shift in current medicine.”
Historically, the use of paper and substitutes, whether for Medical Records, laboratory study reports, along with printing material for x-rays and other imaging studies, has been a very high fixed cost in the Health sector budget.
This goes hand in hand with another concept that has to do with saving this documentation.
The word Archive has great importance when we think of it as the physical space that institutions must allocate for these printed documents.
For the patient, something similar happens, thinking that a chronic patient must have an excessive, but necessary, amount of printed material available every time he needs to go to his doctor for a check-up or follow-up.
In industrialized countries, the DIGITALIZATION of hospital systems is a fact that, in the face of health emergency situations, such as Covid 19, they were able to guarantee the quantity and quality of the care required.
We see the need for this model to be applied worldwide, with one more step, that of integration in each country between all health subsystems.
The hospital seeks greater digital transformation focused on reducing errors, increasing the quality of patient experience and care, optimizing personnel management, operations and improving communication.
- Monitoring of patients who have more information is improved.
- A more accessible and equitable health system is developed.
- Healthy habits are acquired.
- Therapeutic decisions are facilitated.
Digitization in electronic medical records will increase productivity by approximately 20%. and generate savings of 70% in the use of paper, reducing the time required for procedures and consultations.
NOTE: This improves efficiency in hospitals.
Centralized electronic medical record with laboratory and radiological systems integrated into it for easy accessibility to information for both doctors and patients in a secure manner.
“Digitalization allows the implementation of Telemedicine.”
Patients located in distant places or with limited access to healthcare benefit by saving costs, time and travel.
Other possible developments would be: mobile health applications on cell phones, video games as educational resources, intelligent accessories that collect data on the patient’s health and physical condition.
THE FUTURE WHERE WE ARE GOING
It is essential for hospitals to evaluate the investment in modern technology, the use of fiber optics in multipoint connections to serve multiple network users in a controlled and safe manner.
Thus, it is feasible to integrate the medical history and treatment that a patient receives in any other health center, allowing us to adequately monitor it.
The promotion of telecare and teleconsultation favors these processes, improving the hospital experience of patients and professionals.
The combination of modern technology and optical transmission, in addition to enabling remote supervision of therapies, remote monitoring of patients and medical procedures, makes the technological transformation process much more sustainable.
The acceleration in this digital transformation makes it easier to integrate diverse and intelligent technologies, improving the quality of the medical service we offer to the community.
The concept of Digital Health (applying computer and communication technologies to health) covers: internet, virtual and remote assistance, remote supervision, artificial intelligence, data analysis and platforms with information storage in the health ecosystem.
The Digital Hospital is presented as a building connected through wiring systems which enhance technologies such as those already mentioned, encompassing networked subsystems in constant exchange and communication.
They also have particular requirements aligned with international standards that must be met to guarantee continuity and trust, and must also be monitored and controlled locally and remotely.
In this way, the Digital Hospital will be adjusted to this new era of data since a standard infrastructure is not enough.
- LAURA SILVIA ADDUCI
UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SPECIALIST IN NEUROSURGERY
- MARCELO FABIÁN SAITTA
UNIVERSITY SPECIALIST DOCTOR IN PEDIATRICS
- MARÍA VERÓNICA VIÑAS CHACIOR
MEDICAL SPECIALIST IN GENERAL SURGERY
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