Technology in Healthcare Helping to Alleviate Burnout

Long before the COVID-19 outbreak, the global health system was burdened with an ongoing and worsening shortage of healthcare providers. With the beginning of the pandemic, the challenges facing an already over-taxed healthcare system only increased. Healthcare providers were tasked with the double burden of endeavoring to accommodate surging demand while contending with staffing shortages.  As a result, healthcare providers found themselves overworked, exhausted, and ill-equipped to provide the quality of care patients deserved. In such an environment, it is little wonder that physicians and nurses alike have in recent years experienced record levels of burnout, leading not only to early retirements and departures but also to surging rates of medical errors and patient mortality. The good news, however, is that healthcare providers do not have to face these systemic challenges on their own. Rather, new technologies are proving to be instrumental in reducing the burdens placed on healthcare professionals and, consequently, in mitigating the risk of burnout. Streamlining Diagnosis and Treatment Planning One of the most important benefits of today’s health technologies lies in their capacity to streamline the diagnostic and treatment process. The value of this in an environment of skyrocketing patient populations cannot be overstated.  No longer do care providers have to comb through page upon page of medical records and diagnostic manuals. Instead, through the use of technologies such as electronic health records (EHR), clinicians can instantly access the patient’s full medical history, including viewing patient scans and lab results to make a more prompt and … Continue reading Technology in Healthcare Helping to Alleviate Burnout