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8 Types of Software Improving Healthcare Facilities



Healthcare Facilities Softwares

Technology, in all industries, is continuously evolving. This evolution is especially critical in the healthcare industry, where technological advancements often mean saving more lives and increasing the quality of life for those living with health conditions. The path is wide open for technology and quality healthcare, from surgical robots to new medications and pharmaceuticals.

However, the best tech has to offer in the healthcare industry doesn’t stop at what machines can do, but how they can help human professionals do their job better. For example, administrative systems help physicians provide better care for their patients, limit misdiagnosis, and save time.

Equipping smaller clinics and facilities that have fewer resources with such technology will take time, but it’s far from impossible. If you own or manage a healthcare office, you can start with software packages or cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) options that focus on efficiency and accuracy, which in effect can raise your bottom line and allow for further development. Today, some of the most common and most affordable healthcare technology includes the following software types.

  1. EHR and EMR Software

Electronic health records (EHR) and electronic medical record (EMR) software hold your patients’ records digitally and help with better file organization and retrieval. Both software types make it easier to reach a conclusive diagnosis for the patient as the healthcare provider is less likely to miss critical parts in their patient’s medical record. It also makes it easier and faster for doctors to prepare for each appointment they have scheduled in one day.

The difference between the two software systems is that EHR options, such as NextGen EHR software for healthcare, hold the patient’s current information, charts, and diagnosis. EMR, on the other hand, contains a patient’s medical history, often from various healthcare providers.

  1. Practice Management Software

Practice management (PM) software helps streamline your clinic’s workflow and management. For example, it automates mundane background tasks. It also ensures your clinic runs smoothly by keeping track of staff schedules, approaching patient appointments, and patient cancellations. The software also reduces human error and effort, allowing your staff to be more productive and invest their time caring for your patients instead of filling spreadsheets.

  1. Medical Billing and Accounting Software

The medical billing cycle is one of the most complex billing processes. It’s also very detail-oriented, making errors rampant and expensive. Medical billing and accounting software help automate and double-check every step of your billing process to reduce the rate of human and system errors.

  1. CRM Software for Healthcare

Customer relationship manager (CRM) software keeps tabs on your clinic’s patients and their interactions with your staff, their appointment details, feedback, and complaints. Using CRM tools, you can analyze data to identify patterns in patient dissatisfaction. This information should inform your strategy for patient care improvement. The software also ensures you always have the necessary infrastructure, supplies, and human resources to welcome your patients.

  1. Online Prescribing Software

Online prescribing software, also known as e-prescribing software, is a program that healthcare providers can use to fill patient prescriptions electronically. What makes it superior to using paper-prescriptions is the time it saves doctors from writing every prescription by hand and including the patient’s personal information. It also helps reduce the rate of medication errors due to illegible handwriting or the patient losing their prescription.

  1. Medical Diagnostic Software

Medical diagnostic software uses complex algorithms to help medical professionals diagnose patients. By inputting the patient’s healthcare record, symptoms, and current medications, the software produces a likely diagnosis almost instantly. Implementing medical diagnostic software in your clinic doesn’t just save you time and shorten patient appointments—more importantly, it reduces the rate of human error in misdiagnosis.

  1. Imaging and Visualization Software with Artificial Intelligence

Imaging and virtualization software help organize large sets of data into easy to understand graphics. They save your healthcare staff time otherwise spent decoding gigabytes of data and finding correlations and patterns manually. Instead, medically-informed artificial intelligence does all the math and planning for them, providing them with a clean and accurate end-result of the data they can use in patient diagnosis and research.

This software also helps with patient communication, as it’s much easier to get help a patient understand their illness, injury, or condition with the right graphics instead of relying on technical terms alone.

  1. Virtual Health Software and Devices

More commonly known as telemedicine, virtual healthcare software and devices allow you to provide care for your patients remotely, either from the comfort of their own homes or a different healthcare facility.

With telemedicine, you can save time and resources as you won’t have to welcome patients into your clinic for a full appointment, leaving examination rooms available. It also helps with better patient satisfaction, saving them the trip to your whereabouts while still providing them with adequate care.

Better Tech, Better Care

The benefits of modern technology in the healthcare industry have become indispensable. Nowadays, patients often expect online conveniences like being able to view their records and request prescription refills from a mobile app. To keep pace in this competitive, ever-evolving industry, your practise or clinic needs to lean into new technology.

Aduragbemi Omiyale is a journalist with Business Post Nigeria, who has passion for news writing. In her leisure time, she loves to read.

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Oyo Introduces Mobile App to Track Waste Collection



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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A mobile app designed to monitor waste management, especially to track waste collection, has been introduced by the Oyo State government.

This is part of a new step geared towards simplifying waste management in the pace-setter state and making it one of the cleanest states in the country.

The Oyo State Waste Management Consultant, Mottainai Recycling, unveiled the app on Thursday in Ibadan, the state capital.

The Chief Strategy Officer of Mottainai Recycling, Ms Uloma Airhienbuwa, disclosed that the easy-to-use application would help track the ‘movement and management’ of hazardous and other solid wastes.

According to her, the waste management app, which can be downloaded on all smart devices, is designed with user convenience and sustainability, offering several key features to facilitate waste and recycling pickup requests.

“The app also offers clarity on when your waste is picked up and by whom; and an ability to pay your waste bill,” she said.

Speaking further, Ms Airhienbuwa hinted that it also has a fun and transparent way of incentivizing waste sorting, noting that, “The app has a user-friendly interface. It provides an intuitive and user-friendly interface that allows waste generators to easily navigate and make pickup requests with just a few taps.”

“Users can initiate waste pickup requests through the app by specifying the type of waste, quantity, and preferred pickup date and time.

“Users can either make this an on-demand request or create an ideal pickup schedule for themselves. This feature enables efficient scheduling and coordination between Mottainai and users,” she added, stating that, “The app incorporates GPS technology to enable users to locate their specific waste-pickup location.”

“To incentivize waste sorting, the app incorporates a points-based system. Users earn points based on the accuracy of their waste sorting and responsible disposal practices.

“Accumulated points can be redeemed for various rewards, such as discounts on waste management services or donations to a charity organization of your choice,” Ms Airhienbuwa stated.

She said the app is continually being developed to ensure users a seamless experience for pickup requests, tracking the progress of pickups and payments and receiving rewards.

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Oyo Task Force Arrests 4,000 Environmental Offenders, Generates N30m as Fines



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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

No fewer than 4,000 environmental offenders have been apprehended by the Oyo State Environmental Task Force since its creation.

This disclosure was made by the Chairman of the organisation, Mr Ojomo Francis, during a chat on Wednesday in Ibadan, the state capital.

He explained that some of the offenders were committed to community service after trial, while others paid fines to the tune of N30 million to the coffers of the Oyo State Government.

Mr Ojomo, who is also the Waste Enforcement Officer, urged the public to obey the environmental laws of the state, stressing that this will sustain the healthiness and good neighbourliness in the society.

He added that item 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations places a premium on sanitation and a sustainable environment.

Mr Ojomo appealed to Nigerians, especially residents of Oyo State, to pay attention to cleaning their environment, as the Task Force is watching everyone, reiterating the commitment of the state government towards ensuring a healthy and safe environment.

“This is not the first time we have appealed to members of the public to obey our environmental laws so that we will have sustained peace and health in our society.

“Item 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations places a premium on sanitation and a sustainable environment. We do not need to attend any formal school to take care of our environment in our interest,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State Environmental Protection Tribunal, sitting in Ibadan on Wednesday, convicted five offenders for violating environmental laws in the state.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Mr Jubreel Kareem, while speaking with journalists, disclosed that during monitoring in Ibadan, the five offenders were arrested.

He said two of the offenders, Olanrewaju Deola and Funmilayo Ayoola, were found disposing of wastes illegally at unauthorized places; they also failed to provide a standard refuse drum contrary to Oyo State Environmental Laws, 2013.

The persons admitted to having committed the offences and were convicted to three months of imprisonment or an option of fines of N5,000, N2,500, and N2,500, each.

Another offender, Olabisi Olatunde, who was caught at Preboyes, along UI-Bodija, dumping refuse on the median, pleaded guilty. The tribunal thereafter fined her N7,500.

In the same vein, John Blessing and Ali Sumaiya were caught illegally displaying goods by the roadside at Mokola.

The Tribunal ruled that this is against Section 2 sub-section 14 of the Oyo State Waste Management Law of 2014 and, after that, fined them N2,500 each.

The head of the Tribunal further warned the offenders not to violate the environmental laws of the State henceforth, saying this will serve as a lesson to them and others.

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AXA Mansard Health Offers Hilda Baci Free Heath Insurance



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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

To support a Nigerian chef, Ms Hilda Baci, who is cooking in Lagos to break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Cooking Time, the country’s biggest Health Management Organisation (HMO), AXA Mansard Health, has offered a one-year free Gold Health Insurance for her.

In a message, the HMO noted that this is to boost the morale of the 27-year-old chef and give her the confidence to progress to the end, despite the exhaustion that might have come with 70 hours of cooking she has already put in.

“Dear Hilda, you’re doing amazing! We see your determination, and we Know You Can.

“AXA Mansard Health solidly supports you. We know that when you feel secure, you can progress. So, we are supporting you with one-year Gold Health Insurance.

“We trust this can strengthen you more in the pursuit of this world record for yourself and the millions of women you inspire every day and our dear country.

“We hope this support will inspire you and serve as an additional elixir to the millions of support that you already enjoy across the world today and always. Wishing her all the best,” the company said.

Hilda Baci

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