We live in a time and place where things have a tendency or need to be cone quicker. We all expect faster and better results with almost everything we get up to in day to day life. When this idea is flipped on its axis and doesn’t commonly come in to play is when we’re having to visit the hospital. In most cases it is a place people don’t want to be in and would rather be treated as quickly as possible. For hospital staff this is a big ask, especially when it comes to making fast judgements on a repeated basis. Efficiency in a hospital is a very hard thing to come by, and that is why many now use clinical utilization tools to help this process.
So what is a clinical utilisation tool? It is software that helps cover the tracks of a patient from the moment they enter a hospital, through their treatment and up until they leave. Sounds like quite a simple thing, but when breaking down why this type of software is great at working with a number of complicated issues all at once, we get to know a little bit more about how beneficial they can be. How a patient is treated requires a number of steps to identify, address, monitor and treat one’s condition. For example, let’s say someone visits a hospital with a possible broken finger. A doctor is presented with multiple options for treatment. Do they manually spend time checking the finger? Do they option for a scan to be taken for further analysis? Do they simply bandage it up after a quick assessment knowing it is ok? These three simple, yet wildly different scenarios all draw on different areas to complete the action. Understanding which treatment option is most beneficial and how better to use current resources can become easy decisions for a clinical team to make when they have these tools at hand.
It is all about being appropriate when delivering care. Hospitals aim to treat patients without it being a problem for budgets and staff. Having software which can highlight potential problems can eliminate such issues. Using our example of a broken finger again, if a doctor or nurse simply decided to request a scan to save themselves times, they could risk having that patient go spend hours waiting on having it done and then receiving a diagnosis. But if that medical staff member used software which let them know it would be a hindrance on time and resources, and that an expert orthopedic was at hand to look at it, they could save time and resources for other patients.
So are there any major benefits to using clinical software in a hospital ward apart from saving money on resources? Well yes. The main benefit is with time for both staff and patients alike. The fast a patient is treated appropriately, the happier they’ll be. And the happier they are, the less of a drain there will be on resources and a reduced backlog will occur. All of which are great things for a clinic.
This is only happens though when an appropriate care level is made. That is why breakthrough software like MCAP really can make a difference.