White paper debunks the myths surrounding the technology journey for digital hospitals

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A white paper outlining 12 of the most common myths surrounding the technology journey for digital hospitals – and the truth behind them – has been released.

As technology advances within the healthcare sector it creates a significant opportunity to improve the quality and safety of patient care, reduce inefficiencies and wastage, and enable better management and administration within a facility.
A recent white paper by Deloitte, entitled Untangling the truth: Debunking the myths surrounding the technology journey for digital hospitals, outlines 12 of the most common myths – and the truth behind them – to help avoid common pitfalls and enable the making of the right decisions.
Myths debunked in the white paper include:

  • Myth: Digital hospital equals paperless hospital
  • Reality: Digital hospitals will remain a hybrid of electronic and paper information for the foreseeable future
  • Myth: Clinical requirements dictate the hospital’s technology capabilities
Reality: Clinical care and technology are intrinsically related, meaning that clinical requirements and the technology strategy must be developed in tandem
  • Myth: Mobility is a ‘nice to have’
  • Reality: Clinicians are inherently mobile, so mobility must be a foundation of the technology strategy not an afterthought

The white paper can be downloaded here.
The upcoming Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology 2013 conference taking place in Sydney in February will also cover some of these common myths and realities, with presentations from CIOs, IT directors, technology directors and heads of clinical services at organisations, including Ramsay Healthcare, Southern Health, Hurstville Hospital and Bendigo Health.

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