Connected Technologies Improve Healthcare Delivery, Safety, and Efficiency

Smart technologies are transforming healthcare delivery to elevate patient care, improve patient outcomes, increase diagnosis accuracy, and more.

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Technology is transforming healthcare delivery in important ways. Healthcare providers are using a variety of innovative technologies even in their offices that weren’t available mere years ago. These include programs to facilitate patient check-in and billing, tablets that retrieve patient information and allow data input on the fly during an appointment, and sophisticated imaging devices that make diagnosing illnesses fast and accurate. 

According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Biotechnology Information, as early as the 1960s, healthcare administrators began talking about the potential for computers to enhance the practice of medicine. These discussions focused on the possible ways computers might improve clinician decision-making and reduce medical errors. But at that time, technology was still clunky and prohibitively expensive, and administrators couldn’t justify the cost.

All that has changed. Today, clinicians and their organizations use connected technologies to enhance patient care, create provider efficiencies, and reduce errors. Technologies can also boost provider communications, provide extra security against drug interactions, and improve diagnostic accuracy.

A host of new technologies can be integrated into care delivery, according to McKinsey. These include artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, analytics, 3D printing, augmented reality/virtual reality, genomics, telemedicine, and more. Smart hospitals now embed new technologies into design and operations that both improve the customer experience, facilitate precision medicine, and positively impact treatment outcomes and costs. The technologies also connect smart hospitals to a wider healthcare delivery ecosystem.

imedtac Ward Behavioral Monitoring System

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Connected Solutions

Smart capabilities aren’t limited to use in large healthcare settings. Many connected point solutions have applications in nursing home settings, doctor’s offices, and rehabilitation centers, for instance. 

One company that has developed smart health solutions is Taiwan’s imedtac. An Intel® IoT Solutions partner, imedtac offers a variety of smart hospital and healthcare solutions. Here’s a quick overview of the imedtac offerings:

Ward Behavioral Monitoring System. Combining the Internet of Medical Things technology (IoMT) and AI, this system gives healthcare organizations–including long-term care facilitators, inpatient mental health services, and rehab centers–a way to proactively reduce falls and prevent hospitalizations. The solution incorporates Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensors, which detect motion between two points, to recognize body movements in real-time and monitor patients for the risk of falls. This solution is powered by 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processors.

Automated Dispensing Cabinet. This medical unit-based medication repository uses computer-controlled storage, dispensing, tracking, and documentation technology. The system can be used to manage high-risk medications and controlled substances near the point of care in the ICU, ward, or quarantine areas.

Smart Vital Signs Station. A self-service vital signs measuring tool, the Smart Vital Signs Station can check blood pressure, body weight, height, body temperature, and more. The compact device can be used in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, postpartum centers, schools, and gyms. It connects to EMRs and personal health records (PHR) for instant input into patient profiles.

Get more information about smart technologies from imedtac.

  • Watch a video demo of the Ward Behavioral Monitoring System.
  • Learn more about the Automated Dispensing Cabinet in this video.
  • Explore the specifications of imedtac’s Smart Vital Signs Station in the Intel® Solutions Marketplace.
  • Discover how smart solutions based on technology from Intel are helping to transform healthcare.

 

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