Connected Care Can Close the Expected Nursing Shortage Gap

The United States is facing a major shortage of healthcare workers; with a generation of nurses expected to retire in the next few years, the problem shows no signs of abating. New data from AMN Healthcare show that 36% of nurses are planning to retire in less than a year. By 2020, the number of baby boomer RNs will be halved, and the workforce won’t be able to train and recruit new staff fast enough. Additionally, the aging population will continue to add pressure on the healthcare system—and even if the staff was available, the cost of care would increase significantly.

Healthcare facilities will be required to find a way to reduce the time nurses spend on labor-intensive administrative tasks, so they can focus their time and attention on something only humans can do: care for patients. That’s where digital technology can offer solutions for facilities and providers.

Here are three ways Wellbe Connected Care can help nurses spend less time filling out paperwork and more time helping patients get better:

Automated PROMs collection

While Patient-Reported Outcome Measures can provide valuable information for helping your facility improve quality and demonstrate success, collection has to be reliable to provide the most value. To get the best data, nurses must spend on average 40 minutes per patient collecting PROMs twice during the episode; Wellbe can help reduce the time required to four minutes per patient, saving nurses 300 hours per year for 500 patients.

Wellbe’s PROMs Collection can deploy any measurement tool automatically, streamlining and standardizing collection and reporting. The system is web-based, so patients can respond on any device when it’s most convenient for them. This increases response rates and reliability of the data.

Pre-surgery check-ins and post-surgery follow-ups

Nurses are often tasked with helping patients navigate their way through their procedures and across the episode of care. They spend an average of 30 minutes per patient ensuring they are prepared for treatments to avoid last-minute cancellations, and providing follow-up calls to avoid preventable readmissions.

With Wellbe Connected Care, you can create a system of automated messages sent to patients at any interval requesting an update on their progress. The responses allow nurses to prioritize following up with patients who have indicated a need, saving nurses up to 125 hours per year for 500 patients.

Increase nurse navigator productivity

As the main point of contact for patients, nurse navigators wear many hats, often acting as patient educator, coordinator, and even case manager. In many institutions, the typical patient-to-navigator ration is 600:1 full-time employee. As patient volumes increase, and nursing staff numbers decrease, facilities risk gaps in patient care and efficiency. Using Wellbe Connected Care, one nurse navigator can manage up to 1,200 patients while maintaining or even improving the quality of care.

With the projected nursing shortage coming to fruition, healthcare facilities must start thinking about how they will streamline the process of patient care from admission to rehabilitation. Our web-based platform enables hospitals and other institutions to coordinate and monitor large patient volumes more efficiently, while decreasing costs, maximizing reimbursements, and improving patient outcomes, engagement, and satisfaction.

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