3 Ways to Re-Think Telemetry for your Hospital

January 9, 2024
Article written by Equum Medical

3 ways to re think telemetry for your hospital

Optimizing cardiac telemetry services is paramount for hospitals aiming to provide efficient and comprehensive heart care solutions. From alleviating nursing burden to integrating tele-cardiology resources and enhancing operational efficiency, here are three strategic ways hospitals can optimize their use of cardiac telemetry.

#1 Alleviating Nursing Burden through Outsourcing:

One of the key challenges hospitals face in cardiac telemetry is the strain it puts on nursing resources. Monitoring cardiac telemetry requires constant attention, and the demand for skilled nursing staff can be overwhelming. To address this challenge, hospitals can consider outsourcing telemetry monitoring services.

Outsourcing telemetry monitoring allows hospitals to tap into specialized expertise without overburdening their in-house nursing staff. External telemetry experts can provide continuous monitoring, timely response to alerts, and data analysis, freeing up internal nursing resources to focus on direct patient care. This not only alleviates the burden on nurses but also ensures that patients receive the highest level of attention and care.

#2 Connecting Telemetry to Tele-Cardiology Resources:

The integration of cardiac telemetry with tele-cardiology resources is a game-changer for hospitals seeking a comprehensive approach to heart care. Tele-cardiology enables remote consultation and collaboration among cardiac specialists, regardless of geographical constraints. By connecting telemetry data to tele-cardiology platforms, hospitals can enhance their diagnostic capabilities and provide more immediate, specialized care to patients supporting patient flow.

Real-time communication between telemetry monitoring teams and remote cardiologists ensures swift decision-making in critical situations. This interconnected approach fosters a seamless continuum of care, allowing healthcare providers to address potential cardiac issues proactively. It not only improves patient outcomes but also strengthens the hospital's position as a center for advanced and comprehensive heart care.

#3 Operational Efficiency through Streamlining Staffing Costs and Real Estate Investments for a Cardiac Monitoring Unit (CMU):

Creating a dedicated Cardiac Monitoring Unit (CMU) requires real estate, resources, management and a stable forecast of telemetry demand. Hospitals operating CMU’s are operating small businesses in virtual care which often have costs associated with implementation and maintenance that go unrealized.

  • Property/real estate: hospital real estate is usually cost-prohibitive and also presents an opportunity cost for extended patient care when converted to staffing a CMU. Outsourcing can free-up such locations
  • Telemetry demand: telemetry overuse can contribute to higher per bed costs, and potentially patient injury if unnecessary. Dynamic virtual capacity for staffing of telemetry can support fluctuations in monitoring costs
  • Staffing: staffing costs can be optimized and bedside care can be re-prioritized as virtual teams collaborate through an outsourced model

Re-Think Telemetry

Cardiac telemetry in hospitals requires a multifaceted approach that addresses nursing burden, integrates tele-cardiology resources, and enhances operational efficiency through outsourcing. By embracing these strategies, hospitals can not only provide superior cardiac care but also position themselves at the forefront of healthcare innovation. The result is a win-win scenario – improved patient outcomes and a more efficient, future-ready healthcare system.

Explore how your hospital can lead the way in cardiac care innovation by adopting these telemetry optimization strategies today… learn more and connect with us here.

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