Modern education systems for hospitals allow patients to take control of their own healthcare. Not only does this make patients happier and more content, but it also frees up the nurses and doctor's time so that they can focus their time elsewhere productively.
Here are five benefits of patient education systems for hospitals.
- Patients Can Take Control of Their Healthcare
- Reduces Patient Confusion
- Improves Patient Experience
- Meal Ordering with Nutritional Information
- Allows Staff to Focus On High-Priority Tasks
1. Patients Can Take Control of Their Healthcare
The newest education systems allow patients to check aspects of their own healthcare and take full control of their situation. Rather than relying on the health staff to provide leaflets and helpful reading aids, patients will have everything they need on their screens in front of them.
Diagnosis information, educative videos and information about the treatment or medication they’re going to need can all be accessed at patients' fingertips. Best of all, this information can all be accessed on the patient’s own device.. That way, they’re familiar with the device and won’t struggle with using it or understanding the information.
2. Reduces Patient Confusion
Being hospitalised is never ideal and no matter how many times you’re told that you’re in the best place and in the care of the most capable hands, nothing settles you more than having full knowledge of the situation. Often, you can be assessed by various doctors and nurses who run several tests and talk you through different situations. This can quickly become confusing.
A modern education system can provide information relevant to the patient's healthcare, such as a window into the clinician's notes or videos and articles that break down diagnoses that may have left them confused.
These systems can also have an informative home screen which displays the date, time, weather etc so patients are aware of where they are and what the day is.
This not only allows patients to take control of their situation, but helps to reduce confusion which can improve their mood and overall experience in the hospital.
3. Improves Patient Experience
Following on from the above point, having a library of crucial information can significantly improve the patient experience. Always being in the loop and knowing what to expect can make a hospital stay less stressful for both parties. If you’re confused and unsure about where the situation lies, it’s natural for you to be uneasy and unsettled, which is bound to have a negative impact on the patient’s time on the ward.
By improving patient experience, it’ll no doubt have a direct correlation with patient happiness too. Patient happiness is proven to speed up the recovery process, so by having advanced education systems fitted in hospitals, you’re bound to have happier patients which will make for shorter patient stays in hospital.
With patient entertainment systems, patients can have access to TV channels, magazines, newspapers and hospital radio absolutely free, as well as the option to watch video on demand, or buy movies if they please. Allowing this content to be available will dramatically improve patients comfort and happiness and aid towards a faster recovery.
4. Meal Ordering with Nutritional Information
The latest education systems can also have functionality to allow patients to order their meals digitally. This is beneficial for both the patient and the hospital. Not only is it convenient for the patient to order their meal at a time that is convenient to them but they can also learn about all the different nutritional values that the dishes offer.
It’s beneficial for the hospital as it can help to cut down wastage - both food and paper wastage for the order slips. It also ensures that all meals are sent to the correct bed and stops people receiving food that they didn’t order. If overall wastage is cut down, then the NHS will be saving money that they can then redistribute to other areas of the organisation.
5. Allows Staff to Focus On High-Priority Tasks
Throughout the day, patients call upon doctors and nurses for simple tasks. When patients raise awareness that they need help, nurses may be on different jobs that they’ll then have to interrupt. These tasks may be a low priority like requiring an extra pillow or a glass of water. Therefore, they shouldn’t be tended to before the high-priority requests.
These requests can be made digitally with the advanced educational systems, meaning that the nurses and doctors can tend to the requests at a time that won’t affect other serious priorities. Or, they may be forwarded to other members of the health team.
This allows the NHS team to prioritise their time more efficiently and continue to offer a great level of service to all patients.
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Modern education systems are a much more cost and time-efficient method than the traditional alternatives. After all, educated and entertained patients are happy patients and you want to remove any unnecessary stresses during their time in hospital.
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