The annual rite of passage for the healthcare industry is upon us. Late winter/early spring for health IT professionals means it’s time for the HIMSS Global Health Conference. Upwards of 45,000 people attend to see 1,000+ exhibitors showcasing the latest in health IT.
HIMSS is a high-energy event. There are impressive displays and amazing speakers. You can catch up with colleagues while checking out the latest in cutting-edge technology. In the midst of all the fun, it’s important to remember what our industry is trying to achieve: to improve the health of patients. With that said…
What Has Your Technology Done for Your Patients Lately?
As you stroll through the exhibit hall at HIMSS—or anytime you’re evaluating technology—it’s helpful to keep in mind how patients will benefit from your technology investments. Consider the following, for example:
- Has your technology helped you see more patients and make care more accessible?
- Does your technology meet your clinical needs and clinical decision support to improve patient outcomes?
- How often are you forced to upgrade your technology to support your core solutions? How does this impact the cost of care?
Quite simply, healthcare organizations need to simplify and consolidate data so patients receive better care. There’s a need to connect, consolidate, and protect data to improve care delivery. Protecting your data assets is vital, as it’s instrumental in the journey to patient wellness.
Adopt a Patient-first Perspective When Evaluating Technology
There are established frameworks that outline the goals that healthcare organizations should strive to achieve. For example, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim created an approach for optimizing health system performance. The Triple Aim has evolved over the years to become the Quintuple Aim, which includes:
Healthcare’s Quintuple Aim
|Aim||Operational Outcome Measured|
|Better Health||Intermediate clinical health process and outcome measures|
|Better Experience||Patient experience or patient satisfaction|
|Lower Cost||Per-capita costs or total costs of care. Often utilization of hospital or emergency department services are measured applying standard costs to facilitate cross-region comparison|
|Improved Work Life for Staff||Staff experience; staff burnout|
|Equity||Health disparities; social determinants of health|
Technology Selection with a Quintuple Aim Perspective
Here are some questions to help you evaluate technology through a patient-first perspective.
- How can data be made more accessible for clinical decision support and patient education?
- How can analytics identify at-risk patients and populations?
- When and how does system performance impact the patient experience?
- How can it stop the “click and wait” of slow systems so patients spend less time watching their physician fuss with a computer instead of talking with them?
- How will the selection of any system impact the patient experience?
- Is your technology cost-effective? Do the benefits justify the high cost?
- Are there opportunities to reduce your total cost of ownership (TCO) so patient care can become more affordable?
Improved Work Life for Staff
- Clinician burnout is rising—especially during the past two years. Slow systems, awkward workarounds, and poorly designed interfaces only exacerbate the problem. Will your technology selection alleviate these issues? Or, will it add layers of complexity and burden on your staff and negatively impact care delivery?
- Considering the categories above, mindful technology adoption creates opportunities to reduce health disparities. Reducing the cost of care frees budget to expand care delivery to underserved populations. And, using technology and analytics to account for social determinants of health provides insights for areas of improvement and proactive interventions for patients and communities.
How Pure Storage Helps You and Your Patients
Pure Storage simplifies how people consume and interact with data. Pure helps healthcare organizations connect, consolidate, and protect their data assets. Pure’s healthcare solutions—combined with our industry-leading partners—enable healthcare organizations to:
- Reduce total cost of ownership: Free up funds to spend on other patient-care initiatives.
- Improve the clinician experience: Enable faster application performance and mobility.
- Eliminate storage migrations: Buy storage once that evolves with you, eliminating the disruptions caused by upgrades that impact patient care and the patient experience.
- Enable innovation: Simplify IT so resources can be redeployed for more patient-focused initiatives.
- Improve application performance: Stop the “click and wait” of slow-performing systems during provider-patient encounters. Turn around imaging studies faster. Maximize clinician productivity and satisfaction.
- Protect data and quickly recover from ransomware attacks: Unplanned downtime negatively impacts patient care. Protect your data assets and recover quicker from ransomware attacks and system outages with Pure’s healthcare solutions.
Visit Pure Storage at HIMSS booth #2421 March 15-17, 2022.