• Ali Egan

A Currently Automated Population: Healthcare

Often, hospital patients are confined to their beds for extended periods of time, so it is important to give them access to control their environment remotely. This remote access should include the ability to turn on and off the lights in the room, control the television, adjust the bed, and open and close the blinds. Many hospitals have incorporated these abilities into a single remote within easy reach of the patient. Overall, having access to control the room allows patients to feel more comfortable within that space- an important aid on the road to recovery.

In geriatric care, individuals can have a unique set of challenges, including lost dexterity, memory loss, and trouble moving. With patients who have these challenges, it is important they are in an environment that is comfortable and offers them control. We have written in the past about specific uses of automation and motorization for the elderly. For some individuals, light and window covering automation is extremely useful, as patients with advanced memory loss need to experience a sense of normalcy and routine.

Patient care is one aspect of automation within the healthcare industry. Another aspect to consider is the ability to share records with other health providers. Database services allow our patient history to be accessed by healthcare professionals around the country- so if you need stitches while you are on vacation, they can see that you are allergic to penicillin. Within healthcare billing, health insurance companies and healthcare providers must share patient billing information, to be sure the patient is being billed correctly. This also means healthcare providers must have information as to the copay rates patients have through their insurance companies.

Software integration into hospitals allows for better, more accurate record keeping and diagnoses. When a doctor has a database full of possible ailments with symptoms like those exhibited by the patient, they are able to work with better accuracy and more complete information than if they were to diagnose based on recall or thorough research. Overall, the integration of automation technology within hospitals can greatly improve the ability to provide excellent patient care. From patient control over their environment to database services, this technology is quickly being integrated, and healthcare providers are quickly reaping the benefits of automation.

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