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Why is Realtime Data Essential to Patient Care?

Published 2021-03-08 06:02:44

 

When it comes to delivering care in the healthcare industry, immediate access to relevant and accurate data with a single click of a button is invaluable. A journal study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) concluded that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death, claiming an average of 251,000 patients annually in the U.S.1 One of the main contributing factors to medical errors includes the inadequate flow of data or lack thereof. Information flow is vital in any clinical setting, especially within different service areas. With real-time data, healthcare providers can source the necessary data whenever they need it to provide quality care, allocate resources to patient care, and improve the care process.

1.       Early Detection

The main objective of healthcare is to save lives, reduce hospital stays, and develop healthier communities around preventative care. With real-time data, healthcare professionals can use insights from patient trends to detect potential cases of deteriorating patient health. This data can help track and identify patients proactively, along with factors such as symptoms, missed appointments, and readmission rates to flag certain patients as high-risk individuals that require early interventions to prevent costly hospitalisation.

One such tool that helps early detection is our Lynx Virtual software. Lynx Virtual is our COVID-19 self-screening app that allows individuals to screen for COVID symptoms at home or any private setting. The app records all screening results and produces reports that can be used to track screening trends for any potential COVID infections.

2.       Reduced Costs

With today's substantial patient loads, increasing the pace of treatment can help health care providers save lives and reduce healthcare costs. With big data analytics, factors such as lifestyle choices and demographic data can help physicians make a more accurate diagnosis and administer better treatment based on real-time data.

Secondly, a journal published in the National Library of Medicine found that on average one-third of readmissions are preventable, presenting an opportunity to improve care delivery.2Real-time data can play a role in cutting readmission rates through the deployment of preventative data collection tools. For instance, a physician who has access to the data collected by a patient's smartphone may monitor their medication adherence for their chronic condition, enabling the physician to make informed decisions in real-time that prevent costly hospital visits.

3.       Improved Resource Allocation

One of the main challenges to delivering quality patient care is the inefficiencies that burden healthcare systems. In addition to the frustration's healthcare providers face due to the lack of access to insightful patient data, the lack of EHR interconnectedness disrupts and delays clinical workflows, ultimately reducing the quality of patient outcomes.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a prime example of how inefficient resource allocation affected patient care. Even well-resourced health systems have struggled to allocate vital resources such as beds and respiratory ventilators across the globe. Equally, the short-handed assignment and coordination of staff have also contributed to the shortfall of resources. Through real-time analytics, healthcare providers and facilities can assess specific information using up-to-date data on factors such as the number of procedures performed daily, bed occupation rates, the average duration of stay, and average patient wait time to improve operations and patient care.

Knowledge Center is our big data solution that produces dynamic and static reports with near real-time data. Learn how Knowledge Center reports can help improve your organisation's performance and drive operational efficiency.   

4.       Improve Patient Experience

The advent of smartphones and wearable devices has made it possible for patients to be more involved in their health over the last decade. Patient satisfaction and engagement are a concern within the healthcare industry as it can lead to a lack of adherence which directly inflates healthcare costs. With wearables and other health tracking devices, healthcare providers can improve preventative care for patients, and patients can become more aware of their role in their health.

Lynx-HCF is our cloud-based patient management system that is deployable for patient management across various use cases such as VMMC (voluntary medical male circumcision), HIV, TB, and other care programmes. Through Lynx-HCF, patients can actively update and contribute data towards their medical records that is accessible by their healthcare provider.

 

 

1. Bari, Attia, et al. "Medical Errors; Causes, Consequences, Emotional Response and Resulting Behavioral Change." Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, vol. 32, no. 3, 7 May 2016, 10.12669/pjms.323.9701.

2. Kocher RP , Adashi EY . Hospital readmissions and the Affordable Care Act: paying for coordinated quality care . JAMA . 2011 ; 306 ( 16 ): 1794 – 5 . Crossref, Medline, Google Scholar

 

 

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