How technology is transforming healthcare, staffing challenges

Hospitals and healthcare systems are using a variety of technical and digital tools to transform care delivery and mitigate staffing challenges.

What technology has excelled in transforming care delivery in your organization in recent years?

Arun Jayaraman: A major problem in rehab is the use of wearable sensors and computer vision technology. They are critical in determining when to increase or decrease therapeutic care. When do you introduce a new intervention? When do patients become a risk of falls? … Automating clinical actions with these sensors speeds up the process and provides higher resolution on whether someone is improving.

dr Scott Rissmiller: We really relied on our virtual care platform. Virtual grooming was something we invested in over a decade ago. When the pandemic struck, we were able to transition our patients to virtual services quickly from the start. It also spurred many innovations – notably ‘hospital-at-home’, treating patients at a hospital level but in the comfort of their own homes.

Can you give another example of a promising technology?

Jayaraman: Robotics has evolved from large rigid robots to lightweight, soft, or modular robots that you can just strap on and control with your smartphone. They can be used for therapy, self-monitoring for improvement, or to guide a clinician when to wean a patient from the robot. And also for the personal mobility of patients who are paralyzed or who only need help after an operation.

Rissmiller: There are some exciting things in the outpatient sector – tools that allow our doctors and nurses to work much more efficiently, such as: B. Virtual writers. It’s a technology that can write the doctor’s notes for them while they’re just talking to the patient, using artificial intelligence to pick up key terms. Such tools save our clinicians a lot of time.

What partnerships or collaborations are you involved in related to the advancement of technology in healthcare?

Jayaraman: One of the main tasks of the technology and innovation center is to work on the latest cutting-edge technologies with industrial partners, researchers and scientists around the world. … These partners have great ideas, but they don’t always know how to bring them to the clinical market. We work closely with US and international universities, as well as with companies such as Samsung and Honda.

Rissmiller: We are in many different discussions with industrial and technology companies. One thing we’re incredibly excited about is an innovation district that we’re building in Charlotte, North Carolina with the help of significant philanthropy. We have partnerships with industry associations and technology companies that will help us create care models of the future in innovative and collaborative ways.

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