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Maximize the adoption of cloud analytics to maximize return on investment

Healthcare professionals have always relied on information to help them make the best decisions and recommendations for their patients. As the data revolution accelerates, practitioners need as much informed data as possible to continue improving patient care. The frontline medical devices they use each day generate tons of data, but that’s only useful when that data is available to support each decision time points and these devices are integrated with the cloud. 

Driving better decisions

Each patient who’s treated in a facility or healthcare network has the potential to generate data that’s rich with useful information, but whether that data is captured and applied is up to each facility. It requires the implementation of cloud-integrated medical devices that upload patient data in real time, which offers clinicians and management teams the latest and most accurate context to enhance care and efficiency.

The data generated by these medical devices is inherently more objective than progress detected by the naked eye and recorded by humans. At the micro level this allows facilities to track patient progress much more accurately, which is valuable in almost any field of care, but especially inpatient and outpatient recovery settings. At the macro level enough of this data creates large sample sizes that can be analyzed and used to increase efficiency throughout a facility or entire network.

In addition to patient progress, cloud-integrated medical devices can help monitor patient costs. Facilities can use that information to eliminate unnecessary spending and make patient care more cost-effective, as well as physically efficient.

Adoption begets adoption

Cloud-integrated medical devices can also accelerate the adoption of new technology by clinical teams. Once clinicians see the difference the data generated by these devices can make in determining the optimal care for each patient and in delivering that care, their utilization of cloud-integrated medical devices will increase.

Patients and their families will also notice a difference in care resulting from the use of cloud-integrated medical devices. The data will make them much more aware of their own progress in treatment or recovery, motivating them to power through treatment and further driving buy-in from clinicians and management teams.

Each healthcare facility and network is unique, and many of them leverage different processes and standards. Any technology solution that’s to be valuable must reflect that and offer users customization and flexibility, letting clinicians and hospital management prioritize the data that’s most important in their care.

Seeing the ROI

Thoughtfully deploying cloud-integrated analytics will yield tangible ROI. If management teams have access to dashboards describing in real time the utilization of the new technology, the managers will be in a better position to support and guide the clinicians to deliver better and more informed care, which will help them increase the efficiency of care delivered to each patient. With troves of new data at their disposal, they’ll identify areas ripe for improvement, reducing the cost of care while offering patients a much higher quality of care and better access.

As executives already know, a healthcare network’s reputation is its foundation, and patient referrals are key to sustainability and growth. The increased quality of care resulting from these devices will expand a facility’s patient base by generating more referrals from existing patients, who will be eager to let their friends and families know of high quality of care they received.

The first hurdle to overcome is getting the green light to invest in this capability from health systems, which can be notoriously hesitant to spend on new technology. However, more networks are recognizing the potential of data when applied to patient care and network processes, leading them to reconsider their positions and commit to the cloud.

Investing in and implementing technology is also a huge step, but it’s continued utilization and buy-in from both clinicians and management teams that will help reap the maximum benefits from deploying these devices. Through careful adoption and implementation, cloud integration will help expand facilities and drive efficiency.

Author: Eric Dusseux, M.D., MSc, MBA, is chief executive officer of BIONIK Laboratories, a robotics company focused on providing rehabilitation and mobility solutions to individuals with neurological and mobility challenges.

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  1. Mitchell Hall says:

    Great post Eric on the benefits of the Cloud and how it optimizes basically everything in the healthcare sector. I love what Bionik Laboratories has been doing and I check the site frequently for open positions!