Just 37 per cent of healthcare workers’ time is spent caring for patients, with the rest of their time spent on activities such as accessing and updating patient records and recording information for administrative purposes, writes Bethany Hemsley.
These are the findings of the new Critical Technology for Critical Care: The State of Mobility in Healthcare 2020/21 Report, commissioned by enterprise mobility and IoT management provider, SOTI.
The report, which includes responses from nurses in care homes, suggests a lack of, or outdated, technology could be to blame, with 64 per cent of UK healthcare workers experiencing IT issues during their working week.
With Covid-19 accelerating the demand for technology, just a quarter of UK healthcare workers said their technology systems were prepared to manage any Covid-19 related situation.
Some 26 per cent said their existing systems and technology have been unable to cope with the pandemic, and 73 per cent agree that their employer needs to invest in new or better technology to prepare for any future health crises.
The report also reveals that a lack of training and knowledge of technology systems may be playing a part: “It’s hard to see how frontline staff can be productive if many of them do not have the knowledge they need to use the devices their employer has given them,” says Shash Anand, VP of product strategy, SOTI.
“And, without timely support, it is very hard for them to overcome this lack of knowledge and its consequences, without detracting from the quality of care provided to patients.”
With 68 per cent of UK healthcare workers agreeing that better technology could help improve patient care, now is the time to better digitalise care.
“It is a clear sign that the time for smarter technology adoption is now,” says Stefan Spendrup, VP of sales, Northern and Western Europe, SOTI.
He adds: “SOTI’s research shows that healthcare workers are wasting time on admin tasks which could be simplified with integrated mobile technology.”
The full report can be downloaded here.