VoIP has been making inroads in both the public and private sector for a number of years now, but perhaps no other industry has benefitted from its implementation than the healthcare industry. With increasing demands for better communication and decreasing costs, VoIP has found itself uniquely suited to fit both needs.
Here are the three ways VoIP has helped improve healthcare.
It’s cost effective
Regardless of where you fall in the Affordable Care Act debate, I think everyone would agree that the healthcare industry is one of the most cost-conscious industries in the world, or I don’t know – maybe they’re cost unconscious. Either way, anything that can save money in healthcare should be considered a good thing and VoIP presents an opportunity to do just that.
In fact, there’s a WIDE array of cost-savings opportunities in healthcare, including:
- Lower-cost alternative to traditional copper land lines
- Savings on long-distance calls, something that is a frequent occurrence in hospitals and clinics
- Scalable communication systems that can grow with rapidly expanding hospitals and healthcare facilities
All the money saved by simply switching to VoIP allows hospitals to reallocate their money to other, more important resources like hiring additional specialists or acquiring new equipment. So regardless of what the future holds for healthcare, VoIP can help save money and help hospitals spend more responsibly.
Easier to collaborate
For anyone that’s ever had a more serious condition, you know first hand how important collaboration and communication between doctors, staff and providers can be. VoIP significantly expedites things like video conference calls so doctors can advise and collaborate on complex cases and conduct long-distance trainings. And of course, precious time can be saved during a medical emergency.
Not only does it help doctors communicate, but it also expands capabilities as well. Records become easier to manage and track while state-of-the-art hospitals in major metropolitan areas can share knowledge and know-how with facilities located more off the beaten path.
Patient confidentiality is one of the leading issues in modern healthcare. VoIP can help provide a level of security that can calm the concerns of even the most cautious medical professionals.
The key to harnessing the power of any new technological advancement is providing intelligent and consistent implementation. With more guidance and feedback from healthcare professionals, VoIP will only continue to grow and evolve to the benefit of not only those who work in the industry – but the patients they serve as well!