We celebrated National Doctors' Day on March 30 to honor physicians for the work they do, the communities they serve, and their contributions to society as a whole. It is their hard work and devotion that keeps all of us healthy and advances the medical sciences, after all.
The history of National Doctors' Day can be traced back to 1933, when Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a prominent Georgia doctor, decided to mail greeting cards to all of the doctors she knew and to place red carnations on the graves of deceased physicians to honor their societal contributions. She chose March 30 as the date because that’s the day that Dr. Crawford W. Long used an ether anesthetic for the first time during surgery in 1842 – a mammoth advancement in technology that remains unrivaled today when it comes to patient comfort and pain control.
With this spirit of advancement in mind, we highlight five ways medical professionals can use communications technology to better serve their patients.
Archived data on patient interactions can help healthcare providers gain full visibility into the patient lifecycle, from pre-registration through release and follow-up care. Recorded interactions can be used to report caregiver communications using analytics to assess the effectiveness of those communications and improve the patient experience.
More Efficient Teamwork
According to a recent Harris Poll survey of nearly 1,000 providers, 53 percent of them say they often cannot reach the right care team member quickly enough during a particular shift. Unified Communications (UC) tools like presence management allow primary care doctors, specialists, and nursing teams see to each others’ statuses in real-time and work together more efficiently. For patients, this improved coordination and efficiency means care is delivered both more quickly and more effectively.
To adapt to changing patient needs, physicians need to stay connected to nursing staff and other colleagues, and nurses need to stay in touch with one another. Whether staff is on site or on call, secure, HIPAA-compliant mobile communications clients are available to help with any time, anywhere consultations and communications.
Real-Time Access To Patient Data
Electronic medical records are mandated these days, yet patient information is still often spread out in disparate databases and legacy systems. A centralized approach to integrating these systems into one information management system, securely accessible with a UC client, allows practitioners to have all of the information they need in one location as they make routine to life-saving medical decisions.
The Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) has predicted that by 2020 the US will be short as many as 20,000 primary care physicians, especially in rural areas. Fortunately, telemedicine has emerged, which offers web-based or video-based access to primary care doctors, nurse practitioners, or specialists for those without convenient access to healthcare facilities as a way to serve more people in a more efficient care model.
National Doctors' Day 2018
In honor of National Doctors' Day, remember to thank your physicians and nurses for keeping you and your loved ones healthy. Their work is clearly not done once a diagnosis is made or a treatment given. The embrace of new technologies is allowing clinicians to increase the quality of patient care and improve quality-of-life in all of our communities.