When clinical staff are overworked, this can lead to burnout which compromises the effectiveness of the services they offer. Patient care quality suffers and so too do other operational processes that eventually impact a facility’s bottom line. Overall, when clinical staff are overburdened with work, this can also lead to high turnover, declining productivity, presenteeism, and absenteeism. To lighten workloads and ease the strain on clinical staff, Aura’s remote monitoring services are key. They can take over iterative tasks for your healthcare professionals, improve efficiency and ensure patient and physician satisfaction. Here’s how this service and its combination of technologies achieve this
1. Remote monitoring lowers readmissions and the extra work that comes with them
Patient readmissions happen quite frequently in 2022. An NCBI study puts the figures into alarming perspective, indicating that often one in five patients are readmitted within the month of discharge. Among some of the reasons:
- Poor coordination of care
- Lack of communication during discharge
- Early discharge and patient non-compliance
Whatever the reasons, patient readmissions increase the pressure on a clinician’s workflow, further leading to burnout which has also been cited as another reason for clinical staff burnout.
Aura’s remote patient monitoring is just what the doctor ordered. In particular, our technology can help reduce patient readmissions by up to 40% due to improved follow-up, easy on-demand clarification, and the ready availability of crucial data. In other words, this translates to 40% less work for your facility’s nurses, physicians, and everyone involved in the entire care process coordination.
2. It enables convenient physician-patient checkups
Physician-patient checkups are necessary to monitor a patient’s progress, identify treatment bottlenecks and generally ensure that the patient doesn’t wind back up in admission. While it’s true that post-discharge follow-up can lower rehospitalization rates by 20% and is a necessary part of post-discharge care, it can be draining work.
Moreso, when high-risk patients are involved, then the frequency of visits, and general patient check-ups go up as well. This means a lot more work for clinical staff which can have them burning the candle at both ends.
With Aura’s remote monitoring solutions, however, clinical staff can go about patient follow-up with way less effort and much more efficiency. For instance, doctors often have to physically check on patients who are unable to come into the care facility. Aura’s remote solutions intervene to reduce the frequency of these trips thanks to virtual visits. Ultimately, this means doctors spend less time traveling to patients’ homes for checkups or to gather patient data. Via multi-media communication technology, physicians can easily reach out to patients under their care when vitals drop below a certain threshold.
3. Reduced ICU patient monitoring work for nurses
ICU or high-risk patients are often under the jurisdiction of critical care nurses and their teams. For delicate situations, these clinical workers need to keep an eye on patients 24/7 and often work long hours to get this done.
It falls upon them to regularly measure vital signs, including but not limited to:
- Daily weight
- Respiration rate
- Blood pressure
- Temperature and much more
Juggling all the duties that come with caring for critically ill patients involves quite a lot of leg work, both literally and so to speak. That’s where Aura’s remote health monitoring solutions come to the rescue.
This technology can help automate patient data collection, affording access to up-to-date patient-generated data. Moreover, clinical staff can set personalized limits and parameters for each patient, thus ensuring that these nurses can pick up on the early signs of clinical deterioration through notifications.
4. We offer customized health checkup questions to further save time and effort
Clinical staff often need to ask patients a range of questions to get a better view of the patient in terms of:
- Family history
- Underlying conditions
- Lifestyle triggers and much more
Now the questions aren’t usually a standard or generic set that doctors can rely on from patient to patient, the same way you would a template. They vary significantly on a case-to-case basis depending on different patient metrics like illness, age, gender, and others. This means clinical staff have to create questions for every patient, and this further increases their workload burden
Aura’s remote patient monitoring solutions turn this situation right around. With access to each patient’s data through our RPM technology, we help clinical staff get customized health check-up questions, which eliminates this task from their job responsibilities. Healthcare employees get ready questions per patient and this accelerates their efficiency and productivity.
5. It automates payment to free up physicians from clinical staff
In small and medium-sized-care facilities especially, physicians and nurses are heavily involved in the billing process. They have to help in the preparation of invoice drafts, according to quantities of medical supplies a patient used, services dispensed, and many other factors.
In the end, it means that nurses and physicians have to be involved in administrative tasks outside of primary caregiving tasks. Factor in the multiple patient billing tasks that happen each day or weekly, and it can all get really dizzying for clinical staff.
However, Aura’s remote patient monitoring solutions once more save the day. Our technology enables the automation of payment processes. As a result, this clears another iterative task off your healthcare employees’ to-do list. Physicians and other clinical workers can in turn divert more time into primary care processes, which can boost patient satisfaction, health outcomes, and your facility’s profitability.
The numbers remain unclear, but the truth of the healthcare situation is that healthcare employees are pushed beyond their limits and exhausted. NCBI studies find that up to 75% of clinical staff may be overworked, leading to stress, burnout, and lowered health outcomes. Overworked employees are more of a liability rather than an asset. Ensure the latter is the case for your healthcare facility by tapping into Aura’s remote monitoring services to improve workflow efficiency and lower the strain on your clinical workers. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a demonstration of our remote patient monitoring technology.