Patient Engagement News and Best Practices.
Using technology to communicate in a hospital is just one component of an effective healthcare communication strategy. In an emergency situation such as a lockdown or weather emergency, simply using pagers or phones may contribute to lag time or confusion when speed of message delivery is of the essence. A site-wide notification system is seen to be a more effective method of conveying alerts quickly and effectively in an emergency situation.
Recent U.S. Census data indicate that 21 percent of people living in the United States speak a language other than English at home. Cultural and language barriers in health care settings are one of many factors contributing to health care disparities in the United States today. Addressing these issues allows for higher levels of health literacy and increased positive patient outcomes among minority and limited language proficient populations.
Ambient noise levels in critical care units have been shown to interfere with patients’ healing process by negatively affecting their immune system and potentially extending hospitalization. Decreasing ambient noise in ICUs results in better sleep quality and comfort; increased patient/nurse satisfaction; as well as lower rates of health issues stemming from sleep deprivation.