Clinical health assessments are critical to managing patient risks in the lead up to their hospital admission.
However, Australian studies
* show that increasing pre-admission patient risk assessments forms are increasing “burdens on patients and staff”. The cognitive and administrative burdens highlighted in the study are unpinned by the reliance on paper and phone calls in many hospitals.
In 2020, the requirement for hospitals and clinics to screen patients for COVID-19 emphasised the potential risk of not completing assessments prior to admission. With this rapid increase in screening requirements and pressures to reduce revisitation rates, it’s imperative for hospitals to streamline pre-admission assessments.
So if teams are getting more pre-admission patient risks assessments each year, and have limited resources, it begs the question…
Are we compromising our pre-admission teams ability to capture risks?
We hear from our community that the time consuming process to digest multiple forms and complex data points is a burden for both staff and patients. If not addressed, this can lead to delay for interventions, staff burnout and frustrated patients.
Digital Pathways give hospitals the choice to streamline assessments and data management. Let’s take a look at what digital pre-admission screening is, and how these pathways can help reduce these burdens on pre-admission teams.