Ditch the Desk - How to Transform Your Workflow in Healthcare
By Amber Zaucha | Published Apr 11, 2019 | 9 MIN READ
Over recent years office, education settings and healthcare facilities have taken a closer look at the desks they use. In healthcare facilities, the original way to do things was a desk computer station in the hallway. Today, IT and healthcare executives are taking the plunge to more social, safe and efficient workstations. Here’s why:
Many healthcare facilities are not newbuilt, state of the art establishments. For some, infrastructures are tired and bulky out of date interiors leave space insubstantial. Desks in the hallway take up a lot of space. Wouldn’t it be better to eliminate the table completely and use an intuitive mobile technology cart for clinicians? Make your healthcare facility an open and inviting place to be.
Satisfaction isn’t built outside of the patient room
Have you ever met with a clinician and you can only imagine they had to leave the room to scramble their notes into a computer located on a desk outside of your room? Scary. Reduce errors with a mobile medical computer cart that can roll right next to the patient.
Patient and clinician interactions aren’t fostered from behind a desk
Sitting behind a desk or clipboard doesn’t exactly give a patient that feeling of connection. A medical mobile computer cart’s swiveling monitor provides the optimal triangle-of-care between the patient, the caregiver, and the technology. Ditch the desk and in return create a stress-free environment and improve patient’s perception of the visit.
“The Triangle of Care is a therapeutic alliance between service user, staff member and carer that promotes safety, supports recovery and sustains wellbeing.” - Cheshire and Wirral Partnership
Give the gift of time
With far more patients than clinicians, efficiency is fundamental. At least 3 hours of each clinicians’ shift is entering information into electronic health records. Clinicians need computer mobile carts that work in the moment and the entire shirt. Right now, clinicians potentially must leave the room to verify or take note of patient information. Nobody has time for that. Desks in the hallway are inefficiency at its prime.
Helpful hint: Clinicians average two and a half hours per shift retrieving supplies! Take your workstation a step further with a secure medication delivery cart with administration capabilities. Eliminate the time and distractions between the medication room and patients.
Ultimate job benefit? Flexibility
Staff retention is indispensable. Give them what they want! Clinicians love flexible and accommodating equipment. Utilize swiveling monitors to promote engagement. Heigh adjustment lift allows for a sit to stand so each workstyle and ergonomic requirement is accommodated for. Stationary desks can't give them that.
Helpful hint: Even more tight on space? EMR technology groups have recommended wall mounted technology for the benefit of hard wiring WIFI and power near the patient for an uninterrupted workflow.
Make things as easy as possible
Clinician jobs are one of the toughest jobs out there. Physical and mental strain is something they deal with daily. Altus medical workstations were built to be the most robust lightweight carts on the market. Let’s make it easier on them.