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Here’s How to Solve Healthcare’s Biggest Crisis — Shortage of Workers

A dramatic shortage of healthcare workers including nurses, doctors and health aides, is the biggest problem facing modern healthcare today.The biggest problem facing the American healthcare system may not be rising costs, too much paperwork and bureaucracy, or inequalities in patient in care. Some experts say there’s something that endangers the system — and peoples’ health — even more: A dramatic shortage of healthcare workers including nurses, doctors and health aides.

The problem is only getting worse, as America’s population ages and needs more care. The global health care staffing consultancy Mercer released a report about the crisis and the numbers are startling. The United States needs to hire 2.3 million new healthcare workers by 2025, but it’s incapable of doing it. The report warns that by that year, there will more than 650,000 unfilled jobs in healthcare, with more unfilled jobs added every year. By 2026, one in three new jobs will be healthcare related, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The United States needs to hire 2.3 million new healthcare workers by 2025, but it’s incapable of doing it.

All that means increased patient risk, lost productivity, and lax patient care and research. And most of all, it means worse care for those who need it most. However, there is a solution: Intelligent healthcare apps. They offer big benefits to healthcare organizations, including helping solve the worker shortage. Using the apps do the following:

  • Increase worker efficiency by reducing the hours spent on each daily activity.
  • Improve service to patients with on-demand mobile experiences that provide better assistance and access to data.
  • Lower risk by eliminating data-entry mistakes and delayed access to critical data.

Intelligent mobile apps are particularly important, given that according to one study 88 percent of health workers in the field feel that lack of access to patient information is hurting their effectiveness.

88% of health workers in the field feel that lack of access to patient information is hurting their effectiveness.

The best mobile apps work offline, are optimized for one-handed data entry (i.e., speech-to-text) and tie into systems of record to facilitate better information sharing and response. They’re important because good medical decisions are predicated on having instant, accurate, rich, secure data. 

 must collect, analyze and share various types of information on patient care, staff safety, facility compliance and critical equipment. Given the growing amount of data collected, and the speed at which today's healthcare staff work, paper forms don't cut it in modern healthcare anymore. We’ve found that remarkable things happen when healthcare organizations put data capture apps in the hands of nurses, doctors and administrators.

Get More Information about the Best Intelligent Apps for Healthcare

Alpha Software helps healthcare organizations build apps that capture and deliver critical data anytime, anywhere. With Alpha TransForm, you can easily build cross-platform business apps in minutes that work offline and offer the latest in mobile data capture. Users have built apps that track medical equipment, speed patient data intake, diagnose symptoms faster and speed insurance processing.

Get a free trial and more information about how you can build secure, data-driven healthcare apps rapidly.  And for even more information, check out our latest blog posts about how intelligent mobile apps can help any healthcare organization

Further Reading:  "How Healthcare Can Be Improved With SmartPhones Producing Better Data."

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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