In recent years, the healthcare industry has been dealing with a storm of challenges. First and foremost has been managing the COVID-19 pandemic. As new variants emerge and surges occur, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have continually updated guidelines and recommended new protocols ranging from surge mitigation to optimizing limited personal protective equipment (PPE).
Pandemic pressures have contributed to another healthcare challenge: a growing labor shortage. According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), nurses are retiring or leaving the profession (many citing burnout) in large numbers: an estimated 1 million will retire by 2030. As a result, nursing programs cannot produce enough graduates to keep up with demand and are turning away thousands of qualified applicants because of a shortage of faculty and facilities. Now, nurses and other remaining medical staff are overworked and exhausted.
The stresses of the pandemic and the labor shortage add to a third major challenge: the need to reduce medical errors. On-the-job mistakes range from misdiagnoses and surgical errors to patient misidentification and medication errors (all of which account for between 7,000 and 9,000 US deaths annually). Integrating technology to assist hardworking medical professionals can significantly reduce these tragic errors.
Tech Solutions Help Hospitals, Clinics, and Pharmacies Overcome Challenges
Ever-shifting pandemic protocols, fewer available professionals, and an increased need for efficiency and accuracy are major healthcare pain points. However, technology is available to help clear these hurdles.
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