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The number of people in need of care is rising, but the care sector is not growing at the same pace. By 2030, we will face a shortage of 4.1 million care workers in Europe. The digitalization of the healthcare sector (eHealth) helps to mitigate that pressure and offers new opportunities to support care workers in different ways while providing the best possible patient care. Simple and effective technology is central to this digital transformation.
The importance of digital transformation for healthcare
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digitalization of the healthcare sector and will continue to be a priority in the coming years. Not only to support and improve healthcare, but also to reduce the physical and mental strain on care providers. eHealth is the remedy of choice, as evidenced by the following trends:
Trend #1: Saving time
Digital care saves time. For example, you can easily schedule an online appointment with a care provider yourself. And, an online consultation (e.g. via a telehealth video call) means you do not have to leave the house at all.
Trend #2: Insight into personal health
A personal digital health environment can give patients more insight into their own health. If they give permission, they can share some or all of this data with a care professional or family caregiver. This allows the care provider to target the chosen approach more precisely and provide the right treatment faster – and the patient gains more control over their own health.
Trend #3: Reduced administrative burden
Thanks to eHealth, the administrative burden on physicians will be reduced. It also makes it much easier and safer to share and exchange information and advice with colleagues.
Trend #4: Digital processes streamline work
Care staff must always be available, respond quickly to emergencies, be able to easily access and update care records, and collaborate smoothly with colleagues. Too much valuable time is still lost switching between landlines and cell phones, DECT phones, walkie-talkies, pagers and laptops. Switching to a single mobile device resolves this issue.
Trend #5: Technology connects caregivers and patients
A good relationship between patient and caregiver contributes to the recovery and healing process and provides mental support. An informal telehealth check-in via a video call offers a good alternative to a face-to-face meeting. In addition, a mobile device makes it easier for patients to establish contact and access their care records.
Your challenges, our solutions
It is abundantly clear that the healthcare sector is facing a tough time. A streamlined digital transformation can relieve that pressure and meet current and future challenges. Our consultants will be happy to help you with this. We have identified these key challenges within the healthcare sector:
Protecting patient data
The healthcare sector is frequently targeted by criminals. With the transition from physical to digital information, the number of hacks and data breaches is increasing. For healthcare institutions, it is key to store and protect sensitive patient data in the best possible way.
More and stricter laws and regulations
If you store personal data, you must comply with a variety of laws and regulations, which prescribe how healthcare entities must protect patient and client data. Not only is the volume of laws and regulations increasing, but the regulations are also becoming more stringent. The responsibility for compliance often rests on the shoulders of the ICT department.
Lack of technical knowledge and leadership
The digitalization of internal and external processes requires a great deal of digital knowledge and skilled technical personnel that you may not have in-house at this point. Skilled and, experienced ICT specialists are in high demand, and competition is fiercer than ever.
Your partner in a successful digital transformation
Behind every successful business model, you will find a reliable digital infrastructure. To achieve this, you not only need high-quality technology, but also a partner who will advise you throughout the process. Where other datacenters often only operate as suppliers, we are a reliable partner that will help you find the right solutions and guides you through every step of your digital transformation. In this process, you can rely on our years of experience and expertise.
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