It’s 2030, and you’ve just finished your first virtual vitals round for the day. Times have changed, and instead of rushing in and out of patient rooms at all hours of your shift with little relief, your floor has become much quieter—calmer. As you rest for a quick coffee break with your phone in your hand, at a glance you are able to see every room in your charge during your shift on one screen. But it’s not video monitoring—the information you have access to is much more comprehensive. At the flick of your finger, you can see each patients’ bed status—whether they are safe under their covers, or in danger of falling while trying to get up.
Beyond their external status, you can also check their vitals. You are able to monitor their heart rate, ECG, respiration rate, pulse oxygen, surface body temperature, and blood pressure with live updates, all on one scrollable feed. Every nurse on your floor has this feature on their phones. Your floor runs like a well oiled machine, and you feel confident to care for not only your assigned rooms, but also to help the other nurses when they need you without feeling pulled away from your own responsibilities.
Care has improved drastically. Now when your patients need to speak with a doctor or specialist, they are no longer limited by vicinity. With the telecommunication system set up in the hospital room of every patient on your floor, your patients are able to access the best doctors, some of which are across oceans, at any hour of the day.
You think back to years prior, at the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic. The very halls that once bustled with seemingly incurable chaos, now buzz only with order, structure, and purpose.
FUTURE TO PRESENT
You don’t have to wait until 2030 for this to be a reality. Healthcare is changing right now, and patients are receiving better care than ever before. But how is this possible? What is the cause of such a tangible change?
At the beginning of the pandemic, healthcare workers realized immediately that things needed to change. As a result, various technologies were tested and implemented in hospitals to aid nurses and staff as they battled with PPE shortages, risk of exposure, hectic schedules, and disorderly floor management. Among the vast array of solutions offered to acute care, one solution seems to shine brighter than the rest because of its accuracy and compatibility: artificial intelligence. Vitals monitoring, predictive bed exit sensors, and telehealth communication have become a vastly sought after commodity as healthcare workers have realized the necessity of these tools. Some solutions, like VSTOne, offer all of the above features within one compact system.
Times are changing, and it’s more important than ever that the healthcare industry moves forward with the ever-changing advancement of technology. Healthcare is on the verge of transformation with the implementation of AI technology. Will your hospital be a leader rather than a follower? Find out how you can be here.