Why Just Collecting Data Isn’t Enough

At hospitals, everything from management to patient assistance must be attended to with no compromises. One such point of discussion is the importance of information – and how it is more beneficial than data.

 

Information vs Data

First, let’s look at what 'information' and 'data' is. Data refers to some random points, figures, audios, or graphs. Data does not have an organized structure. Data, on its own, creates no conclusions. 

Whereas, information is a sequential and organized piece that is built upon random ideas, points, or figures - like data. Information can be easily understood. To simplify, data consists of raw material which when processed forms information.

Information is therefore imperative because it helps us transform data into actionable steps.

Good Data Equals Good Information

Collecting data is the first step in gathering information. Ensuring the data is relevant to the insights you are looking to infer is key to creating meaningful and accurate information. So, while collecting data is important, you must also know how to use your data. 

Asset data gathered in hospitals should be accurate. This data must be error free because it has a direct impact on patients’ lives.

Not only with respect to the patients’ health, but also in the interest of the hospitals and other segments of the healthcare sector, the information produced by the collected data needs to be refined to avoid unnecessary monetary losses, to create and save information regarding policies, to maintain compliance, and to take leading steps in performance analysis.

Why use Asset Management in Hospitals?

With a busy hospital schedule, it becomes extremely difficult to manage and track all the assets in a hospital. From medicines to ECG machines, every asset in the hospital must be dealt with utmost care, and more importantly, must be tracked in real-time. This is where asset management comes into play.

EAM, i.e., Enterprise Asset Management, can be used in managing assets in a hospital. Basically, an EAM helps track, locate, monitor and manage all assets - man and machine. From keeping tabs on a patient’s history and routine check-ups to finding missing telemetry devices, asset management can prove to be necessary to a hospital’s workflow. 

Therefore, an EAM can be used by hospitals to track information and draw valuable insights from it. For example, an EAM software can track the life cycle of all the medicines and radioactive material used in a patient’s treatment and can accordingly design a timeline for their use.

Improve Patient Care with Proper Asset Management 

Healthcare information that helps save lives should be built on specific and error-free data. Asset management solutions from Pycube will help you track this data effectively and efficiently to derive actionable insights from it and make sure the clinical assets are never out of sight or facility.  Now track assets, improve patient experience, manage workflow and more with the healthcare solutions Pycube has to offer.

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Posted on 2019-05-09 | pycube.admin

Benefits of Integrating Enterprise Asset Management for Efficient Healthcare Practices

Hospital staff and management have to overcome great hurdles on a daily basis. From keeping records of a plethora of medical devices and physical assets to providing the best care possible to their patients, their work is challenging.

In such a scenario, Enterprise Asset Management solutions (EAMs) have proven to be a beacon of hope for healthcare organizations. EAMs have made the task of healthcare management much easier by assisting in tracking and management of critical medical devices and assets. 

Dealing with Human Life

Unlike other organizations, healthcare enterprises deal with fragile human lives. Healthcare organizations that compromise on technology in favour of their budget are also compromising with ethics, reputation, and lives. Asset management solutions allow hospitals to provide quality care for their patients and fast track diagnosis and treatment.

Asset Registry

The amount of inventory items that a healthcare organization must keep track of is huge. Keeping track of all these devices and assets that are crucial in critical situations cannot simply be done on spreadsheets or whiteboards. This leads to a lot of confusion and delays that a healthcare facility simply cannot afford. EAMs provide healthcare staff with virtual asset records that conveniently accounts large number of inventory items under one roof. All the information you need about a particular medical asset like product cost, part number, or manufacturer ID is a click away. 

Studying an Asset's Life Cycle

EAMs can be fantastic precautionary tools. EAMs keep tabs on every minute detail about a particular medical asset, thus warning the management when a specific device is on the brink of failure or in need of maintenance. Apart from medical devices, EAMs also keep track of an organization's physical assets. Getting notified of the status of these assets helps the staff be alert in case of failures or shortages to restock and ensure the patient’s health.

Final Thoughts

Healthcare enterprises shouldn't have reservations in experimenting with technologies that can help improve patient care. Preventing chaos, ensuring patient safety, and relieving their staff from unnecessary frustration should be the priority of every healthcare enterprise today, all of which can be achieved by implementing Enterprise Asset Management Solutions within the hospital.

The healthcare facilities can prioritize patient health and experience without having to worry about assets being misplaced or lost. Explore Pycube’s solutions to asset management and utilization on www.pycube.com.

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Posted on 2019-05-08 | pycube.admin

How Interoperability Benefits the Healthcare Industry

Communication has never been easier than it is today because of the advancements in technology, telecommunication devices, and the internet. Not only between people, but communication between machines and computerized devices also happens instantly and seamlessly. The compatibility between devices becomes quite critical due to the increase in the number of manufacturers of these devices.  Large scale facilities like hospitals have hundreds of such inter-communicating devices, and the data being transferred is critical to the staff. This makes the need for compatibility between these devices even more pressing.

Interoperability has proven to be a solution for closing the communication gap between devices and allowing for speedy communication and response time along the vast network of varying computerized systems, while keeping authenticity of data intact.

What Is Interoperability?

Interoperability is the ability of computerized systems to connect with other computerized systems produced by the same or a different manufacturer. Healthcare industries who operate on time sensitive deadlines need asset management solutions that incorporate interoperability. Interoperability can help with the amount of sensitive data that needs to be communicated between clinics, hospitals, departments and staff.

To further stress the importance of interoperability, we have listed out some obvious benefits for healthcare facilities below.

Clear Communication

Interoperability not only allows for the sharing of data between varying computer systems, but it also makes the information available in such a way that it can be easily understood by the recipient. For example, information about missing assets, the location of a staff member, or environment information of a room storing perishables should be transmitted from the tracking device to the monitoring device, which could be of different makes.

An enterprise asset management system helps in tying all these communication devices together, making data seamlessly available. As data pertaining to healthcare pertains to human life, interoperability ensures that the data communicated is error free and easy to understand.

Efficiency

Interoperability helps quicker sharing of data between two or more systems by eliminating intermediary translators. Quicker data sharing also means quick decision making by healthcare management and staff. Such an increase in efficiency will help hospitals and clinics better serve their patients by enabling faster diagnosis of ailments.

Cost Savings

Being able to easily sync data between systems of different makes and designs eliminates the need for intermediate devices, considerably reducing costs. Quick information sharing can make previously recorded data readily available when and where required. This can greatly save a healthcare enterprise a lot of money.

Interoperable devices along with asset management systems help eliminate equipment misplacement, wastage of perishables, compliance issues, improve patient flow, etc. All these improvements will save hospitals considerably.

Managing assets within the facility can be achieved through aktivu™. With the help of Pycube’s Enterprise Asset Management Solution, track and locate assets with ease through real-time information updates. 

 

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Posted on 2019-05-08 | pycube.admin

The Role of EAMs in Managing Patient Flow Efficiency

Managing patient flow in a healthcare facility is known to be a challenging task. The hospital staff has to juggle with the fundamental task of collecting and keeping track of each and every patient being treated under their roof, as well as, properly scheduling equipment and tools at the healthcare facility.  Poor patient flow, then, not only impacts the patient experience but also the efficiency and utilization of clinical assets.

Enterprise Asset Management systems can help correctly structure patient flow. The following are a few ways EAMs help in transforming hospital services for the better.

Saving Time

EAMs help in providing solutions that track the patients in real time. Their status, like in and out times, are provided to the staff through the system dashboard. This drastically helps in reducing wait times and improving staff and equipment usage.

Improved Staff Co-ordination

Staff members of a hospital need to communicate with each other to make sure that critical information like room assignments, room turnover, assigned patient’s location, etc. are all effectively conveyed between them. EAMs work phenomenally in this regard, by providing color coded visual dashboards signifying the above mentioned critical information. This helps everyone on the staff to stay on the same page with no confusion and improved coordination.

Room Tracking

EAMs help healthcare organizations track not only patients, but also rooms available for patients at a given time. It lets you conveniently see which rooms are ready for placing new patients and automatically communicate the same information among the concerned staff. This results in faster room turnaround time and more satisfied patients.

Maintaining Order at the Hospital

EAM reports will help you identify areas of bottlenecks within the facility, giving you an overview that will help optimize the layout of the healthcare facility. Placing equipment that is commonly used together closer to each other, for example, will help reduce patient movement and also patient path overlaps.

Conclusion

Visual dashboards have multiple powerful benefits, one of them being identification of problems in the system at the root. Any bottlenecks harming the seamless flow of patients in the facility can be eradicated at a grassroots level. Having a proficient enterprise asset management solution at work can significantly help healthcare organizations provide the best service to their patients. With reduced wait times, assured patient safety, and a fully automotive system at play, patients are guaranteed to leave their place of care with a big smile on their face.

With Pycube’s intelligent and AI-enabled Enterprise Management System, aktivu™, learn how to optimize patient flow through the healthcare facility, increase utilization of staff and equipment, and create happier patients.

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Posted on 2019-04-15 | pycube.admin