Healthcare has been slow to the automation party, despite the high demand for automation. This is problematic, as oftentimes the staff-to-paperwork ratio is inaccurate or reactionary. From HIPAA compliance regulations to maximizing patient care, all of this is in effort to drive performance and pave the way for an optimally run healthcare organization.
After all, around 86% of mistakes in healthcare are due to administrative error.
Minimizing these mistakes can literally save lives, which is one reason automation has become such a popular topic in the healthcare space.The unfortunate caveat here is that healthcare has been very slow to adopt automation despite its usefulness in reducing human error and streamlining data entry tasks. There are challenges to implementation no doubt, but the benefits far exceed the downsides. With a proper automation system, you can process a higher volume and save costs, all while ensuring ongoing success regardless of a surge or increased need in patient care.
Let’s explore some of these benefits, and how your healthcare business can take steps toward automation:
#1: Efficient Operations
Automation means you’ll be able to worry less about the day-to-day tasks, such as data entry and indexing patient files, and more about what matters. As mentioned before, you’ll also worry less about how to find information, which frees up your staff to do the higher-value tasks that they were trained for.
Being able to breathe easy feels good, and not having to fret about the fluctuations in administrative staff feels even better.
#2: Savings in Labor and Time
Just because you eliminate intensive, menial-driven tasks doesn’t mean your staff’s collective jobs are at risk. In fact, the savings you reap from automation allows for saved time and helps maintain regulated costs (or even reduce them). No more overtime spikes in payroll – only full utilization of your clinical staff, and administrative time to be proactive instead of reactive.
#3: Improved Quality of Care
As we mentioned before, human error is a huge cause for alarm. One wrong entry for a patient can literally mean life or death. Studies in the past have shown that automation streamlines processes and reduces costs and deaths. You certainly can’t put a price tag on a life, and if there was something you could do to prevent even one person from suffering due to an administrative error, wouldn’t you do it?
#4: A Higher Standard
As we progress with technology and medical advancements, overall patient care and population health will increase as well. Rather than the well being of one, you can zoom out and empower your system to automate follow-ups for patients, as well as set reminders for appointments and referrals. Doing this manually takes considerable manpower, so this development is a huge benefit for all. Sign me up!
#5: Saved Lives
Most important of all on this list is the benefit of saving lives. Automation isn’t just a phase – it’s a new way to look at doing business and facilitating patient care. Having a harmonious balance between staff and automation ensures a close attention to detail.
It’s a combined effort to enlist healthcare automation that improves the lives of many.