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Information at your fingertips: a game-changer and a challenge for healthcare

- May 3, 2018 - 1 Comment

Just think of the volume of healthcare data being collected, stored, accessed, and used to make medical decisions every day. It’s generated by IoT medical devices, clinical workstations, and clinicians inputting information into electronic health records (EHRs). Add in communications amongst doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff – the amount is staggering.

When it comes to personalizing care, the myriad sources and availability of information about a patient is truly a game-changer, but a variety of factors can cause communication breakdowns:

For example, during a four-day hospital stay, a patient can interact with 50 different employees – physicians, nurses, technicians[1]. What impact could that volume of data have on timely access and response to information?

With all the ways patients and clinicians engage with each other, collaboration technology can help clinicians cut through the noise – getting the right information to the right people, instantly. It becomes a part of the clinical workflow, not something that stands in its way. And it’s designed to comply with privacy and security regulations, so patients, their families, and clinicians can stay connected and work better together.

Learn more about the positive impact collaboration can have on patients and clinicians here.


[1]Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses.” Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2008
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  1. Thank you for sharing such great information.