Putting Healthcare In Your Hands- Apple’s plan to put iPads in every hospital

Photo courtesy of Apple

Photo courtesy of Apple

“Healthcare providers can deliver the best care when they have powerful, intuitive tools. Our technology helps them work effectively within hospitals, connect remotely with patients, and conduct groundbreaking medical research. The result is care that becomes more efficient, more personalized, and ultimately more human.” - Apple

Apple products, such as iPhones and iPads, have been used by certain hospitals for several years now. However, only recently Apple went public about making moves to get a tighter grip on the $3 trillion healthcare market. According to ICT & Health, Apple wants to help patients have digital health information at their fingertips by shifting from USBs and CD-ROMs to mobile. An Apple spokesperson stated, “Leading hospitals and health systems are using Apple products to transform all aspects of health care inside the hospital and beyond” while emphasizing the privacy and security of iOS as a key factor for Apple’s growth in hospitals.

Though some hospitals are making the shift toward mobile, making their facilities cutting-edge, there are still hospitals with reservations. Compared to other sectors, such as finance and retail, hospitals across the United States have been relatively slow to adopt mobile and consumer technologies. The reason why? Doctors and other healthcare professionals are hesitant to change their processes. According to Fast Company, only recently have physicians have fully adapted to the shift away from pagers, clipboards, and fax machines. On the other hand, patients have quickly adapted to the changes and have already been using the technology in their daily lives. Patients are able to research their prescriptions, direct message people in their care team, and quickly get answers about their health.

Apple’s work puts patients at the center of their care.

According to Ben Bajarin, a technology analyst who has been tracking Apple’s move into health care, “Health is a sensitive area, and it’s not consumer-oriented.” He says, “You don’t just have to pass the Federal Communications Commission, you have to go through a lot of regulatory protocols, including the FDA.” But, according to Fast Company, Bajarin feels that Apple’s move to healthcare was a long time coming. Steve Jobs, Apple’s late CEO, realized how “broken and bad” many health care processes were, such as poor user experience, after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Apple will not be making their own apps, instead, they are working with top developers who were already working on apps for health care. Apple has already introduced three software services- CareKit, ResearchKit, and HealthKit. These software services should help developers and consumers pull together disparate health information, such as steps, heart rate, and sleep, into one place. HealthKit is designed to make it easier for developers to gather health data. ResearchKit is designed to help researchers recruit participants for their studies. CareKit is aimed at helping patients with chronic conditions share data with their care team. With these efforts, Apple has now made strides in three foundational areas: hospital care, at-home care, and medical research.

Here at HatchMed, we recognize the many benefits that tablets bring to hospitals. Benefits like increased HCAHPS scores, patient education, improved communication, and many more. We are eager to help bring iPads to the hospital bed rail.

The 17 Best Healthcare Infographics of 2017

2017 has already brought an ample amount of extremely well-designed and in-depth healthcare and technology related infographics. Infographics are a great way to display information in a visually appealing format.

Here are 17 of the best healthcare infographics of 2017.

1. Five Healthcare Predictions for 2017 created by Oliver Wyman

2. Healthcare Almanac 2017 by Clearstate

3. 8 Ways To Improve Patient Satisfaction by HatchMed

4. Quality Improvement in Healthcare by MarkLogic

5. Healthcare Spending in the United States by IHME

6. Major Drugs Going Off-Patient in 2017 by Dickson Data

7. A Look Ahead Into Top 2017 Trends: Preparing For The New Age of the Healthcare Customer by Windstream

8. Is Mobile Healthcare the Future? by greatcall

9. Healthcare Breaches By Number by Secure360

10. Improving HCAHPS Scores Through Healthcare Design by ASHE

11. 4 Competencies to Choose a Right Vendor for Healthcare Product Training by CommLab India

12. How Modern Healthcare Is Being Revolutionized By Social Media by Canadian Pharmacy King

13. Virtual Reality for Healthcare by Luminous

14. 8 Tips to Enhance Communication and Connectivity in Healthcare by Singlewire Software

15. Mobility in Healthcare by Avast

16. Mechatronics: How Electrical Engineers Are Impacting Healthcare by New Jersey Institute of Technology

17. The Anatomy of a Heath IT Ecosystem by University of Cincinaniti 

5 Ways Hospitals Can Cut Costs Immediately

1.    Healthcare Linen and Scrub Automation

Products like ScrubEX re-engineer scrub distribution by providing authorized staff with clean scrubs in the right size exactly when they are needed. It reduces the costs of replacing and laundering scrubs by eliminating unauthorized scrub access. It also drives compliance with AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, reducing the risk of surgical site infections.  

2.    Buying refurbished hospital beds instead of renting beds

Certain manufacturers rent hospital beds to hospitals, but depending on how long a hospital needs to rent the beds, it might make sense to buy refurbished beds rather than renting them. A rental bed and a refurbished bed are essentially the same product because neither is brand new, yet they function the same. In the long term, buying a refurbished bed is much more cost-effective than renting.  

3.    Outsourcing services to outpatient facilities

Outsourcing certain services to outpatient facilities is a great way for hospitals to cut costs. Some services that can be outsourced include physical therapy, rehabilitation, lab tests, and so forth. These are the services that don’t require an overnight stay or specialized staff to care for patients. Outsourcing services that don’t require a hospital stay will ultimately be cheaper for both the patient and the hospital. According to Quest Diagnostics’ chief medical officer, Dr. Jon Cohen, a hospital between 300 and 500 beds can save about $15 million over five years by outsourcing lab services.

4.    Energy Efficiency

Hospitals can save a substantial amount of money by making its systems more energy efficient. One way to do this is by replacing all the light bulbs in the hospital with more energy-efficient LED bulbs. According to Cree LED Lighting, a 500,000 sq ft hospital can save an average of $41,000 a year by switching to LED light bulbs. Another method to help your hospital conserve energy is to create a more efficient operating HVAC system. For example, there is no need to run the HVAC in the cafeteria at 1 a.m. Try creating a more efficient scheduling so that different wings are not constantly running up the bills. A way to do this is to schedule all surgeries to take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so that operating rooms do not have to be up and running for the rest of the week.

5.    Breakaway Nurse Call Cables

When a bed is moved out of a room, a breakaway nurse call cable should safely disconnect from the bed jack, saving the cable and wall station from damage. With breakaway cables, bed cable replacement costs are cut, there is no need for hospital room downtime, and the cost of hiring a technician to repair the electrical wiring or a wall is eliminated entirely. The most innovative breakaway nurse call cable is HatchMed’s BlackJack. BlackJack is the only magnetic breakaway cable. It is quick and easy to use, only takes 1 minute to install, and it has a 5-year warranty. Additionally, BlackJack prevents patient falls and improves connectivity, which increases your hospital’s HCAHPS score.