Here’s how the internet can benefit your healthcare practice
While the COVID-19 crisis has put the healthcare system under colossal strain, it has also highlighted wonderful technological advancements and the importance of online resources in benefiting healthcare organisations.
These resources are readily attainable and can transform the way you run your healthcare practice from the get-go. Here’s how:
Ordering stock has never been easier
One of the most time-consuming and stressful elements of running a healthcare practice is ordering fresh stock. While it is a vital task, it can be frustrating to spend time struggling to locate stock when you could otherwise be helping patients.
Thankfully, by using a website like medical-supermarket.com you can cut out wasted time spent searching for the right bit of equipment and haggling over the right price. It makes the hassle of daily admin that bit easier.
You can contact patients via video call
Video calling services such as Zoom have experienced a monumental increase in users over the past year, with the world forced to stay home and communicate online. While this has not been ideal, it has at least highlighted its usefulness in the day-to-day running of businesses.
Healthcare is no exception.
In fact, while there is no substitute for face-to-face interactions, the possibilities presented by video calling are compelling.
For instance, non-urgent GP appointments can be conducted via video call, allowing patients to stay home (especially if they are ill or infectious) and GPs to process a greater number of people, without wasting time with missed appointments and travelling.
It’s simple to outsource staff
It is increasingly easy to find a qualified second opinion or even outsource extra staff using any number of apps and online medical services. For instance, the various financial and administrative tasks involved with running a surgery or practice can be time consuming and drain resources. By outsourcing administration tasks and even non-essential medical staff you can reduce costs while increasing your ability to help patients every day.
This prevents the potentially dangerous result of being understaffed and under resourced – patient records falling through the cracks and fewer patients being treated on a day-to-day basis. Instead, the rise of these services gives healthcare practices a useful backstop.
You can continually monitor vital signs
Using recent technological innovations in the healthcare space, it has become easier to remotely monitor a patient’s vital signs. The benefits of this breakthrough are stark. You can solve a number of existing healthcare problems in one fell swoop, and actually improve the wellbeing of both your patients and staff.
This is because you don’t need to constantly have a member of staff physically monitoring your patients. If they are deemed well enough to be discharged, you can keep abreast of their progress at home. If there is a turn for the worst, you will instantly know about it. Staff, while still on call, have fewer working hours and patients have a greater amount of personal freedom and independence.
It will also save you money spent on in-practice equipment, running costs and staff salaries.