The Growing Importance of Clinical Communication and Collaboration...

The Growing Importance of Clinical Communication and Collaboration Solutions

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, January 27, 2022

Having the necessary IT infrastructure in place and strategically installing CC&C solutions allows employees to start reaping the benefits of these technologies much sooner.

Fremont, CA: The use of technology to facilitate clinical communication and collaboration (CC&C) is becoming more common. Many healthcare IT decision-makers acknowledge the need to deploy mobile device initiatives to improve patient care and team efficiency. However, to attain these goals, the necessary infrastructure must be in place. Infrastructure that is in place not only facilitates CC&C deployment but also improves clinical workflows. Clinical processes strive to improve the healthcare system's functionality and provide patients with consistent, high-quality care.

Infrastructure for seamless CC&C implementation

For a completely efficient CC&C environment, Wi-Fi is the underlying platform. Organizations must be aware of the wireless requirements of VoIP solutions and ensure that their networking infrastructure can accommodate them. Given that CC&C is a comprehensive solution that connects clinicians with one another as well as vital tools and apps, integration is also critical to a successful deployment.

The variance and inefficiencies that lead to poor care coordination can be dramatically reduced by automating manual activities. For instance, dynamic directories can take the role of whiteboards and spreadsheets that clinicians have previously employed. Improved care and patient outcomes result from improvements in timeliness and real-time collaboration.

Healthcare businesses face unique issues when it comes to security. The first is that stealing patient records is more profitable than stealing other forms of data. Because of the high value of these data assets, as well as the rapid spread of virtual care during the pandemic, cybercriminals have become more motivated to target healthcare providers. Furthermore, the healthcare industry has been less successful than other industries in preventing breaches and controlling expenses. According to IBM's "Cost of a Data Breach Report 2020," it took an average of 329 days for healthcare firms to detect and handle a data breach, over two months longer than the overall average.

Furthermore, data breaches in healthcare are substantially more expensive. Mobile device management and other solutions should be included in CC&C programs to guarantee that, as organizations improve communication, they also implement the appropriate encryption and access management to secure healthcare data.

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