Healthcare, especially at the hospital level, has changed a whole lot in the last 30-40 years, to the point where a modern hospital has very little in common with hospitals from the twentieth century. The discovery of new drugs, new surgical techniques and the deployment of advanced technologies allows today’s hospitals to save many more lives, with better and faster care for patients and improved survival and cure rates for multiple pathologies that, until recently, lacked effective treatments.Health authorities in any country around the world have had to develop cost-efficiency models to contain an expenditure that continues to grow, especially in more developed countries as a result of factors such as population aging (paradoxically, improved health care enables people to extend their life expectancy, which then increases costs), increased cases of certain pathologies with very expensive treatments, such as cancer, and the emergence of new infectious diseases that were previously confined to local environments and that today, due to the population’s increased mobility, can easily turn into pandemics, as was the case with HIV and what is happening with other viruses that until now were restricted to tropical countries. On top of all this is the growing threat of bacterial multiresistance to antibiotics, one of the greatest challenges facing modern medicine according to the World Health Organization itself.
The key is helping more people, with better quality and increased efficiency
In addition to the advances in biomedicine, there is a delicate balance arising for health managers at the hospital level. The binomial “more patients + more quality” can only be solved by increasing efficiency, and in doing so technology has a lot to contribute.
At arcomed, as leaders in infusion technologies, we have a developed a key aspect to hospital patient care, a model called Pump Pooling System – PPS that helps hospitals solve the equation. Thanks to the All-In-OneCONCEPT™, different hospital departments can use the same infusion pump model, which is easily reconfigurable for every need. This makes it possible to reduce the number of pumps in the hospital (for example, a hospital with 165 pumps of this type can do the same as one with 220 made by different manufacturers), which results in significant economies of scale: a single supplier, unification of spare parts and consumables, lower maintenance costs, shorter learning periods and fewer spare units to meet peak demand.
Working with healthcare professionals in their day to day activities is the only way for companies like ours to develop technologies that allow staff to focus more on the patient, all while increasing patient safety by reducing the risk of medication errors.
We are convinced that in the near future technology will bring many more benefits to healthcare worldwide. Accessible technology, which simplifies the work of health personnel and at the same time improves the safety and quality of patient care. At arcomed we have been going down this path for many years, and the future has only just begun.