Healthcare workers say better tech needed to save lives

New research has found that health workers around the world spend too much time on admin duties and not enough time with patients.
More than half agree that having improved technology will help save lives, a global survey of healthcare workers has found.

The survey was carried out among homecare staff and nurses in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, the US, Canada and Australia by SOTI, an IoT management provider. The goal was to understand how technologically prepared they are the main mobility challenges they face on the frontline, and how well they have faced their organisations during the pandemic of COVID-19.

The State of Mobility in Healthcare 2020/21 Study entitled Essential Technology for Critical Care, found that 55 percent of respondents agree that investment in new or improved technology is important to save lives. Among healthcare staff in the UK, this figure rose to 68 per cent.

In addition, 63% of respondents said that during their regular working week, they experience IT problems, with just a third of their time actually spent supporting patients.

The study also explored the influence of COVID-19 and how many healthcare providers have turned to technology to continue treating patients while introducing measures of social distancing. Found it:

  • 33% of healthcare staff said their employer had implemented new programmes and/or technologies during the pandemic.
  • However only 22% said their technology systems were prepared to handle any COVID-199 scenario.
  • 26% said they were unable to cope with their current structures and technologies.
  • 73 percent believe that to plan for any potential health problem, their company needs to invest in new or improved technologies. Read More From Source