3 Reasons Technology Improves Patient Quality of Life
Innovative health technologies, especially technology in healthcare today, promise a lot of advancements for patients. But tech can also get a bit of a bad rap, with some people saying it’s too prevalent or even abused. The reality is that technology in healthcare is largely positive when used correctly. Here are a few ways that the role of technology in improving healthcare outcomes is helping patients everywhere.
1. Keeps isolation at bay.
We’re big believers in Roger Ulrich’s “Theory of Supportive Design” which emphasizes the importance of enabling access to social support. This is one of the main arguments in favor of technology in healthcare, especially during such a challenging time as the present. During the current pandemic, visitation at hospitals and senior care facilities is heavily restricted to prevent virus transmission so loneliness is a big factor to consider in patient and resident well-being.
But, even without the threat of viral transmission, it’s not often feasible for visitors to remain at a facility with their loved one around the clock. Isolation can set in very quickly for patients, who are already feeling poorly physically (and often mentally). Using interactive TVs to facilitate video calls with family and friends can help patients feel connected. This can also provide a way for sick or recovering patients to attend important events virtually that they can’t attend in person. Whether it’s a child’s dance recital or a cousin’s graduation ceremony, technology can bring everyone together.
2. Gives control.
Another key pillar of Ulrich’s theory is the value of handing control over to patients whenever possible. This is also true for residents in senior care facilities as people thrive when they feel like they can make their own decisions. Using innovative health technologies can be a great way to enable this perception of control. For example, allowing patients or residents to control the lighting and sound of the AV systems in their room is simple but yields dividends in terms of quality of life.
3. Ensures care is nearby.
Finally, it can be very scary for patients to feel like they’re at the mercy of their medical conditions or physical limitations. Whether it’s a cancer patient in a hospital or an elderly resident at a senior living facility, technology can provide security and peace of mind. AV solutions like wayfinding and nurse call audio systems are a couple examples of technology in healthcare today that help patients and senior residents feel confident help is close by if they need it.
Improving the patient experience goes hand-in-hand with improving patient outcomes, and technology can play a necessary, supporting role in this process. Give us a call to learn more and start elevating the quality of life your patient’s or resident’s experience!