Advances in modern technology are making many procedures less invasive and more effective, which means that patients can move to the outpatient ward as quickly as possible.
Take hernia surgery as an example. In the era of ancient Rome involved not only cutting a patient open but often cutting off his testes or scrotum as well, then leaving the open wound to heal on its own – and leaving it open to infections.
Today, hernia surgery itself takes less than an hour and patients can be back to running, exercising and their old lives in just about a month with the new mesh composites that are being used. Technology has made this procedure not only faster to complete but allows for a far quicker healing time. This has made the procedure for patients a minor outpatient procedure that requires only a few hours in the hospital.
In a broader sense, those hospitals with advanced medical equipment or on the cutting edge of medical technologies and IT solutions are often able to provide relief more efficiently to large groups of people.
Morning Star hospital has gained a reputation as one of the best and brightest in Nigeria, thanks in no small part to the three state-of-the-art operating theatres that are within its walls. Both theatres feature ceiling-suspended equipment along with high-resolution HD technology that allows surgeons a better view of just what is going on inside their patients. In addition, the system permits streaming video signals to be sent to other devices in the hospital, and surgeons can display x-rays and other patient documents in the operating theatre at the push of a button. This makes surgeries not only easier but far more streamlined.
No matter the facility and no matter the types of procedures that are carried on within its walls, technology has been used to improve not only the quality of patient care but the ability of the hospital to take on and treat as many patients as possible. Procedures such as cancer treatments, pediatric procedures, complicated surgeries or even just the simple day-to-day business of hospital administration have all be streamlined.
Although not every hospital can afford to purchase the latest technology and many were built long before eco-friendly technological options existed, Morning Star Hospital has chosen to upgrade whatever technology we are able to on an ongoing basis.
We have purchased new pieces of equipment, such as an EKG machine, stress system or electrosurgical unit. to add to the suite of procedures we are able to offer. From the smallest patient monitor to the largest diagnostic unit, Morning Star Hospitals has seen the benefit of purchasing these technologies in maximizing our efficiency. As medical advancements continue, Morning Star Hospital will continue to upgrade the equipment we have.
We have integrated new and unique ways to both manage patient safety and streamline staff and document management using the Tekrapy Fusion electronic health records system. We have implemented a wireless data system that allows doctors and nurses to access patient care information and create prescriptions from a PC, tablet, or any mobile device connected to the network. No running for charts and getting on-the-fly condition updates means better working conditions for staff and greater safety for patients.
This electronic patient record system, which is entirely paperless, has placed all clinical and administrative information about a patient in one place, recorded in real time, improving quality, reducing duplication and eliminating unnecessary delays to patient care. The time it takes to prepare discharge medications has halved; clinicians view notes and X-rays virtually, which has freed up clinic appointment slots in orthopedics and several other specialties. Allergy-related prescribing alerts in the Tekrapy Fusion system has, as well, reduced adverse medical reactions, saving large numbers of bed days a year.
As medical advancements continue, Morning Star Hospital will continue to upgrade the equipment we have. making our hospital a safer place, one in which patients can expect to spend a minimum amount of time both in surgery and recovery before they can be sent home.
The inertia to visit a hospital may never fully be dispelled, but the right technology can make it weigh far less heavily on the minds of patients.