Hospital IT leaders have made massive investments over the last 20 years on digital technologies. They’ve built an electronic health record infrastructure. They’ve deployed digital technologies like wireless nurse call, digital radiology, and more.
And yet, too often, they’ve received too little value in return when these digital technologies are not connected and integrated within the clinical ecosystem.
To realize optimal value from digital data sources, a hospital needs to be “smart.” In other words, digital technologies need to be integrated within the clinical ecosystem through an intelligent clinical communication and collaboration platform.
A smart hospital is one that leverages data from connected systems in near-real time. This is what enables nurses and physicians to rapidly derive insight and value from data sources so they can recognize and respond optimally to patient issues and provide better care.
In contrast, siloed technologies create workflow complexity for frontline care teams, who must focus more on dealing with the tools than on the work of patient care. Fragmented clinical communication and workflows have become untenable in the face of staffing shortages. And if the problem remains unchecked, complications will negatively affect patient safety and outcomes.
We developed a smart, connected hospital framework to help IT leaders visualize how to make the most of investments in their EHR infrastructure and clinical and operational systems – while improving the care team experience, patient safety and other outcomes. The framework illustrates how different types of interoperability work together in the clinical ecosystem starting with interconnected data sources and feeding upward into the end-user experience.
By connecting digital technologies within the clinical ecosystem and enabling deep interoperability, IT leaders can:
The smart, connected hospital framework consists of four layers which enable deep interoperability and continuous process improvement:
Download my latest white paper for an illustrated overview of the smart, connected hospital framework.