How Better Rural Hospital Data Can Mean Better Physician Engagement
There is a direct correlation between data and engagement when it comes to medical providers and how effectively they are able to do their jobs. Unfortunately, engagement levels aren’t always the priority at most healthcare organizations. A recent survey by Physician Wellness Services proves this point.
According to the study, physicians want to be engaged, but there are different levels of engagement and gaps between them. There are actually 15 elements of engagement outlined in the study, all of which are important to doctors. Engagement, the study says, can determine whether a doctor stays at their current position or leaves for one where they feel more engaged.
The elements range from getting respect for their competency and skills, to working with an organization that is trying to be a leader in innovation. Most healthcare providers are having their hand forced when it comes to being technologically innovative, mostly due to the electronic health records directive and technology related to healthcare image storage and transmittal. The great thing about becoming more technologically innovative is that it leads to faster and more efficient sharing of data that can really boost a physician’s engagement as it relates to patient care.
Doctors today are finally getting access to technology that delivers to them the medical images they need to treat their patients and see more positive outcomes. One important note to mention here is that rural hospitals are often left behind when it comes to securing the latest and greatest technology. Rural hospital data is just as important in these small, critical care facilities as it is in the urban areas. However, rural hospitals often have fewer resources, both in terms of money and in personnel. There is a solution available, and we’ll get to it shortly.
New methods of storing and transferring data are allowing healthcare providers to communicate across disparate systems. With patients seeing more than one healthcare provider today, it’s become more important for doctors at different facilities to have access to patient information, including medical imaging. Unfortunately, many facilities are still burning images into compact discs, which have to be mailed or hand-carried to the provider. This is a slow, non-secure and inefficient method.
Fortunately, even rural hospital data can be transferred quickly and easily to a physician or radiologist as long as they have Internet access. OffSite Image Management, Inc., has a keen focus on rural hospital data and is reaching out to the rural providers with limited budgets.
OffSite’s solution, which is called Virtual CD, is cost effective because clients only pay for what they use. The solution gives physicians the kind of engagement they’ve requested for a long time. They don’t even have to be in the office to view the data – they only need an Internet connection and screen from which to view the images.
OffSite, which recently teamed up with TransAm to sponsor a driver who will be racing an OffSite-stickered car on tracks throughout the Midwest this summer, continues to stand out about the crowd with its solutions in rural areas that need them most. Contact us today and find out how our solutions can benefit your organization.
Originally posted 2014-07-22 10:00:02.