FSU has published a study which suggests a “smart” device could reduce hospital admissions by up to 40 per cent in some cases.
The study, led by Dr Michael Peebles, professor of information technology and a key member of the Centre for Research and Development (CRD), used data from a study conducted by University of Manchester.
“The goal of the CRD is to provide a set of tools and practices to enable innovation and change within the healthcare system,” said Dr Peeles.
“We’re looking at how we can develop new tools to make it easier for clinicians to use data, so that we can deliver better outcomes and better outcomes at lower cost to the patient.”
The study examined the health outcomes of 6,836 people from 16 countries over a two-year period and found a reduction in hospital admissions was seen when hospital systems adopted a number of different devices.
In the United States, the most common device was a digital medical record (DMR), which was used to record the patients medical histories, medications, and symptoms.
“When we have a DMR we know the patient is going to be able to go back and make a change and if they are unable to make that change then they can use the hospital to get their medication,” Dr Peedles said.
“They’re also able to make the change because they’re using the hospital that day to get it.”
He said the devices could also help doctors and nurses better manage patients.
“A lot of the things that we need to monitor with an X-ray, we can use a DVR to do that.
We can also make sure that we don’t overuse medications or overuse the ventilators and that we keep our patient’s blood pressure in check.”
Dr Peels said the DMR could also allow clinicians to monitor patients’ breathing, heart rate, and respiratory rates and make sure their oxygen levels are within safe limits.
The researchers found a “significant” reduction in admissions in the United Kingdom when hospitals adopted a DDR.
“If we can improve the way we do the recording, then we can actually make that a much better system for us,” Dr. Peell said.
Dr Peedll said a digital hospital record was one of the “best solutions for the future” of improving the health of the public.
“It’s going to allow us to get a better look at what’s going on, what’s happening with the patient, and what’s taking place in their health,” he said.
“We can use that to actually make decisions about how we want to manage the patient and how we should manage their health.”
Dr. Peedle said hospitals needed to adopt a DHR in order to improve the health and safety of patients.
Dr. Jules Lappe, professor in the School of Information Technology and Innovation at the University of New South Wales, said there was a “huge opportunity” for hospitals to benefit from a digital record.
“Digital hospitals are incredibly flexible and we can do a lot of different things with them.”
Dr Lappet said the CRM had “huge potential” to “transform” hospitals and help them deliver more effective health care.””
There’s a lot that we could do with that.”
Dr Lappet said the CRM had “huge potential” to “transform” hospitals and help them deliver more effective health care.
“What we’re trying to do with this technology is make sure we’re able to do a number in a given space, because we know that a lot more can be done in the same space,” she added.