There’s a great deal of high stakes pressure in being a physician. While they are charged with the care of others, these responsibilities take place a
There’s a great deal of high stakes pressure in being a physician. While they are charged with the care of others, these responsibilities take place across multiple levels; diagnosis, administering medicines, research and more. They also have numerous obligations in processing data, an area where all their duties converge.
When under strain, mistakes are undoubtedly made, particularly in diagnosis and data management. After all, diagnostic errors account for an estimated 40,000 – 80,000 deaths in the US alone. Can anything be done?
Consequently, here’s how physicians can avoid diagnostic errors in fast flow emergencies.
Improving patient flow
Good work means patience, concentration and limited distractions, and when hospitals become overcrowded these goals become impossible to reach. Staff get overwhelmed, patient waiting times increase, and wards become overcrowded. Things can only get worse if these problems go unsolved.
Consequently, any and all improvements in diagnostic errors should start with advanced patient flow solutions so that the sick and wounded get the attention they need in good time and are not rushed in and out of the front door. Flow software for digital whiteboards, computers and mobile devices can help medical staff manage the chaos better, digitally managing their supply and demand with ease and efficiency.
Physicians often enjoy or feel stressed by their jobs on a case by case basis. Some are harder than others, and when they’re truly stumped lives can be on the line. In a fast flow emergency, it can feel like there’s no time to sit down and deliberate with other busy colleagues for a while. Mistakes follow on from that domineering sense of isolation.
However, physicians can instead use global resources like Medscape, specially designed for healthcare professionals. In this area of cyberspace, physicians can confer with one another about their cases, receiving helpful advice via digital means; confirming suspicions or rectifying data errors. That constant connection could just be enough to catch diagnostic errors or avoid them entirely, refining their skillset completely.
Technology can also be used to better highlight the patient perspective too. After all, they’re crucial partners in the diagnostics process, providing most of the data physicians can draw on. But what devices can help them? Things like data analytics and artificial intelligence can greatly improve things here, especially through EHR technology.
EHR technology has made waves in healthcare already. It speeds up how data is stored and assessed, providing real-time updates on a patient’s overall health. This can then speed up error-free diagnosis also when the trajectory of their health is easily traced and visible – and lies from patients who don’t like to discuss their conditions openly can be easily identified and rebuked.
The healthcare arena is fast-paced, and even the most hardened physicians can slip up and fall behind at great cost. Through these new technologies, they receive additional support and clearer data, enabling them to keep patient flow ticking along at a steadier rate. Everyone receives an appropriate level of care because physicians are constantly supported by a variety of incredible devices and software’s to get them over the finish line.