Increasing cost efficiency and simultaneously improving the level of quality of care patients receive is the great workhorse of all health administrations. On the one hand, the resources available are limited and have to be optimized to the maximum, while the social demand requires hospital care to be of the highest quality and to have the highest patient safety. As a result, there is a dilemma in which it is difficult to choose, and this is where technology plays a fundamental role in reducing costs in hospitals.
Technology is the key to efficiency
arcomed, as a leader in innovation in a key aspect of hospital care, since it is the technology behind infusions, is aware of this problem. To reduce costs in hospitals you need to define efficient, agile workflows for staff and to ensure or increase the safety of care the patient receives, especially in units with high staff-to-patient ratios, such as operating rooms or intensive care units.
A basic aspect of efficiency is being able to “do more with less.” In this sense, arcomed’s All-In-OneCONCEPT™ pursues this objective by designing infusion pumps that can be configured to meet the needs of any unit of the hospital without changing equipment. This entails significant savings, both in the number of infusion pumps that must be available (it is not necessary to have multiple different models) and in the maintenance and consumables thereof, as well as the staff’s learning time for their handling. It is another alternative for reducing costs in hospitals, maximizing efficiency.
Can we reduce time without losing quality?
By analyzing the workflow of hospital staff, we can detect those aspects that slow down the whole process. New technology has a significant influence in this regard, since in many cases staff should familiarize themselves with different and incompatible systems, or they lack an adequate system of data management, or have to spend too much time manually reconfiguring devices. The rush, especially in times of high demand, can lead errors that are harmful to the patient.
Reducing time involves simplifying tasks, making the time required to learn a new device shorter, making its handling simpler and its reconfiguration easy and intuitive. To this end, technology companies work as a team with hospitals’ medical and nursing staff, listening to their demands and seeking innovative solutions for their needs. In the end, the patient, who is our reason for being, always wins.