In healthcare administration, efficiency is a critical priority. In today’s climate, quashing challenges requires particular solutions, whether it’s about paperwork or the quality of care. For most hospitals, however, those problems come in large quantities, by way of your patients.
In improving efficiency, identifying the problem is the first, most important step. Many healthcare organizations encounter medical errors, infections, wasted resources and IT problems as their main operation roadblocks.
Human errors in healthcare are common. In one survey, patient safety experts from Johns Hopkins found that over 250,000 Americans die annually due to medical errors. Some errors lead to lawsuits. For instance, a 60-year-old woman sued Yale surgeons for removing a wrong body part.
New technology has helped many healthcare organizations address common errors in the workplace. For instance, electronic medical records solutions can help in limiting errors linked to medication errors.
Health Facility-Related Infections
In one study, researchers found that more than 700,000 American patients develop bacterial infections in a hospital setting. To make matters worse, about 75,000 patients die because of these facility-related infections. The same study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 1 in 7 hospital-related infections are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria or superbugs.
Wasted Resources and Expenses
According to a report from the Institute of Medicine Health, figures suggest that over one-third of health expenses are being wasted, amounting to almost $1 billion annually. There are also other ways wherein hospitals waste resources. For instance, when staff members continue to spend their time performing duties that are below their qualifications. An example of this would be when registered nurses perform clinical duties that can be done by nursing assistants.
Other Healthcare IT-related Issues
In recent years, the world has seen the rise of technologies aimed at encouraging people to become more involved in their healthcare. For instance, there are apps that help people track their health goals. These apps also help track patient engagement. Unfortunately, despite many willing volunteers, the lack of devices and other product limitations become roadblocks.
These errors result in hospitals losing patients, literally and figuratively speaking. Solving these issues involve a thorough analysis of the healthcare facility’s processes. This will help see where costs can be allocated to promote improved patient safety and healthcare operations.