The ARDES system is a wearable computer device with industry specific software designed to improve work flow efficiency and data management as applied to the healthcare industry.
Healthcare has entered the technology and information age in a big way. Modern medicine as a field has great complexity in all of its discovery, understanding, and application. In our ever growing efforts to discover, understand, and manage medicine, the complexities expand in a seemingly exponential manner. For instance, just the classification and coding of disease becomes ever increasingly nuanced. In the U.S. with the 2015 adoption of ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases) from ICD-9, the number of diagnosis codes increases from 13,000 to 68,000.
The detailed categorization, manipulation, and analysis of healthcare data provides many benefits but comes at some costs. In the U.S. the near universal adoption of electronic healthcare records (EHR) was catapulted into broad implementation through a series of government incentives and penalties. This ushered in a new era of electronic data entry and informatics management.
TWO WORLDS COLLIDE
The labor intense demands of healthcare provision combined with the speed and efficiency of technology have placed the healthcare provider in a difficult position between the demands of two worlds. The rate limiting step in the efficiency of the whole system is the human data entry interface with technology.
Electronic health data was originally entered into computers at fixed locations, often at the nurses’ station. The short comings of this approach soon became evident. Next came the use of tablets and the development of workstations on wheels (WOW’s). None of these approaches allow the healthcare provider to simultaneously be in truly interactive distance with the patient, enter data, use their hands for tasks, and maintain continuous visual contact.
The ARDES system is designed to electronically hook to the existing electronic healthcare record. In addition to the time and space advantage harnessing the full potential of the electronic healthcare record, ARDES enhances industry standards of privacy and security.
With 40-65% of a hospital’s annual budget accounting for payroll expenses, the work load efficiencies alone could translate to millions in savings. In the almost three trillion dollar U.S. healthcare industry, the efficiencies of ARDES on work flow management will be revolutionary!