Hospitals are challenged with effectively collecting and managing patient data. Patient tracking is used to track equipment, as well as improve efficiency. These tracking systems help reduce wait times and alert doctors of where their patients are. In today’s technologically-advanced hospitals, hospital staff use wireless tablets and touch screen PCs. Other tracking software features allow doctors to send text messages to patient.
The most notable feature is that hospital staff can keep track of patients’ post-care and make sure that they come in for follow-up appointments.
Patient tracking software can monitor room usage and patient tests and treatments. When coupled with ERP, patients can keep track of their own medical history, appointments, as well as print out test results and more. With integration, patient records are better managed which improves the quality of service. It can provide better allocation of staff and resource allocation, reimbursements, and tracking of treatments.
These software packages can eliminate manual sign-in, when patients come into the hospital or healthcare clinic. Using a touch screen, patients enter their name and then its entered into a queue. Hospital staff is then notified. This is all accomplished by connecting an existing computer with the touch screen device. The entire process reduces wait time and improves overall efficiency.
Cloud based solutions are also available available. Nurses, doctors, and other staff can access data anywhere and at any time. Technology has certainly allowed hospitals to do more. And with all the patient tracking, hospitals should be quite efficient. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Patient tracking systems still rely on an element of human data entry. Therefore, on-going training must exist for staff.