Quality patient care is a top priority for medical facilities of all sizes. As these organizations begin to work toward full integration of electronic medical records (EMRs), e-prescribing software and meaningful use requirements, it's important for all staff members to be able to properly use the systems for daily tasks.
Some medical facilities have used a hospital consultant who is trained in healthcare IT consulting to ensure that the transition process runs smoothly and patient care is streamlined but remains high-quality.
According to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), healthcare technology management professionals find properly using medical devices and systems on information technology networks to be their greatest challenge. Specifically, 72 percent of those surveyed had that as their top concern, with 65 percent finding integrating device data into electronic health records (EHRs) to be most difficult.
"This annual survey commissioned by AAMI is incredibly helpful in validating and prioritizing the major challenges facing the HTM field," Steve Campbell, AAMI's chief marketing and communications officer, said in the press release. "The AAMI leadership and staff are reviewing these results to look for ways in which AAMI could help make a meaningful difference in solving a challenge or problem."
Campbell added that AAMI committees and volunteers are already working toward finding solutions to the top problems including connectors, IT integration and alarm management, with a plan to continue doing so into the next year.
Medical facilities that are experiencing difficulty in the implementation process of technology should partner with a firm specializing in healthcare consulting services. These professionals will work with all doctors, nurses and staff to make the healthcare IT consulting process as smooth as possible.
With technology evolving more each day, and medical facilities working toward full integration, it's essential for quality patient care that all staff members are able to properly use new systems.