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Emag discusses covid-19 top challenges

While patient and provider experiences vary by country, COVID-19 has illuminated the global nature of healthcare. As the pandemic tested the resilience of organisations, sharing scientific discoveries and pandemic management strategies among international peers proved vital to coronavirus containment.

Given the Allscripts international footprint, we’ve long appreciated collaboration in the name of better healthcare everywhere. That spirit is threaded throughout our newest issue of Next Now, “Passport to progress: International perspectives on healthcare innovation.” In this eMagazine, Allscripts leaders and clients share a range of digital strategies to leverage through—and well beyond—this pandemic.

Here’s a glimpse of topics covered in the eMagazine.

Rethinking what it means to be digital

Every organisation is at a different stage of workflow modernisation. Some are currently transitioning away from paper-based medical records and fax machines. From a culture perspective, acceptance of technology within these organisations is as important, if not more so, than the adoption of new solutions. For organisations that have completed this stage, the next significant step is to move from electronic versions of those analog processes to digital-first processes. From there, organisations can realize the full potential of digital workflows bolstered by artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies poised to transform healthcare delivery, operations and more.

Managing surges in patient volume

One major side effect of the pandemic is the backlog of appointments resulting from suspending non-urgent procedures and screenings during COVID waves. It may be years before we can determine the full impact of these care delays, but organisations can boost patient access now with some creative approaches. With bed-management technology, for example, hospitals can use transfer and discharge data to match patients to beds under the right service lines more quickly. Additionally, organisations can leverage predictive analytics for staffing allocation to ensure they have the capacity to effectively manage volumes during any given shift. Healthcare providers, such as the National Health Service (NHS), are also keen to determine how to give patients visibility into their place and progress through the waiting list, along with useful information to help improve their health whilst waiting.

Bringing care to the patient

Optimising in-person care experiences is a worthy endeavor, but there’s no denying that remote care is on the rise. During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth enabled patients with everything from behavioral health to post-surgical care needs to engage with clinicians flexibly and comfortably. And the possibilities for telecare will only expand as connected device technologies advance. The smart thermometers and sleep trackers of today suggest that more comprehensive and efficient care is within reach. Managing the volume of data collected in our personal environments will be key to actualising this vision.

Check out our latest issue of Next Now to learn more from our leaders and partners around the globe.


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