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Consider the Profound Impact of Bidirectional Communication on Healthcare

Posted by Allison Fawber on June 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM

If speed and efficiency are the name of the game, what is the winning combination? Bidirectional communication.

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Bidirectional communication is the ability to send information in both directions, from the EMR to the acquisition device and back. Within the healthcare industry, this exchange between electronic systems and technology devices positively impacts the quality of care.

Information and Communication Technology: How it Works

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in healthcare raises the quality of patient care because its platform is more patient-centered. ICT also puts information in the hands of the medical professionals when they need it most—immediately.

  • Patient records – Paper-based systems become bulky and disorganized with storage spaces that are overfilled and difficult to navigate. Computerized record-keeping starts at the admissions desk and continues through discharge. It keeps subsequent admissions and patient care data in an electronic file.
  • Modality worklists – Patient data can be transferred between the hospital’s EMR and the electronic device.

ICT Reduces Errors and Saves Time

When patient information is available anytime/anywhere, there is no need for manual data entry, thus reducing human errors.

  • Orders can be directed to a specific cart or location and then downloaded by a user.
  • Communication can be protected by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
  • Duplicate data – Different medical professionals entering the same data, over and over, increases the risk to patient confidentiality and wastes valuable time.

Bidirectional Communication for Greater Efficiency

Patients’ healthcare is compromised when their medical-information management is less than optimal. If your hospital has been postponing the addition of ICT, you’re losing time when you could be implementing changes that will save time.

Progress means interoperability and interoperability means efficiency. Epiphany has implemented communications technology that reduces time and duplicated efforts with its Cardio Server platform; a major advantage for physicians as they can access data 24/7 from remote locations to better manage patient care. And as a benefit for technicians, modality worklists prevent human error from manual data entry. Worklists allow for bi-directional communication with cardiographs, stress, Holter, PFT devices, and more.

Contact us to learn more about enhanced healthcare through increased efficiency.

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