Simulation is an incredibly valuable activity when testing new processes, tools or designs, to determine functionality and usability. In May 2020, Mater Education created a prototype simulation on the newly designed endoscopy cleaning galley.
Mater Education’s OptiSim team constructed a prototype room mirroring the new designed endoscopy cleaning galley, to assess the new environment for functionality and usability prior to design sign-off and building commencement.
By engaging the staff who would be working in the space, the simulation provided an opportunity for Mater endoscopy nurses to imitate their day-to-day processes in the prototype room, and effectively determine if the new design was fit for purpose. During the simulation, adjustments were actively identified to avoid the need for a redesign of the space post-build.
“The simulation was a fantastic way to show the users what the design would look like in reality. On paper, it seemed to be a cramped space and the users were concerned that they would not be able to undertake their work properly. The simulation concluded that the design would be appropriate and also identified a couple of changes to optimise the area.”
Brittany Stanton, Major Projects Manager, Mater Group
The endoscopy cleaning galley prototype simulation provided the following key outcomes for Mater:
• Identification and rectification of ineffective layout prior to commencement of building works.
• End-user engagement and acceptance was achieved early in the project timeline.
• Adjustments made to overall planning to allow for adequate storage requirements.
Mater Education's OptiSim allows for safer, more effective and efficient healthcare delivery. Learn more about how your team or facility can benefit from simulation.
The theme of variability in healthcare was a core area of focus at the Australian Healthcare Week Executive Roundtable Discussion in March 2018.
Hosted by Wolters Kluwer, the discussion was led by 12 key representatives from across the Australian Healthcare sector such as Alfred Health, Healthscope, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland Health, Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Calvary care; and explored the major challenges associated with providing a consistent approach to healthcare delivery and the opportunities to improve this in the coming years.
This article outlines the key findings from their discussion, exploring the five major factors healthcare organisations can consider to reduce healthcare variability and ensure better patient care, service delivery and clinical efficiency.
At the beginning of this decade, Frost & Sullivan invented the definition of Digital Health to include convergent market segments, such as healthcare information technology (HCIT), remote patient monitoring (RPM), mobile health (mHealth), and telemedicine. Over the last five years, these segments have become increasingly sophisticated as new technologies have made their way into healthcare. The industry will see a rapid dissolution of segment boundaries as technologies such as mHealth, analytics, cloud, and telemedicine are integrated across the board.
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