What kind of technology brings positive change in healthcare centers?

Interview with Mr. Richard Crouse, Stanford Healthcare IT manager about use of information technology at the institution

Mr. Richard Crouse is the senior IT manager for Stanford hospital based in California. He travels across all countries in the world evangelizing the application of information technology in hospitals to improve safety and quality of treatment. Before joining Stanford healthcare, he was the IT assistant manager at mayo clinic in Florida. He is popular both at national and international levels due to his stunning contribution in transforming healthcare IT Wise.

What kind of technology brings positive change in healthcare centers?

Technology has reached maturity and we are at the point where it is responsible for solving all problems. To deliver effective healthcare, hospitals must embrace robust technologies that are patient-friendly ranging from the simplest to the most technical ones; Social media (Facebook, blogs, Twitter among others), healthcare staffing management systems, infections detection systems, telehealth equipment, ultrasound imaging equipment, surgical and service line tools, hybrid operating rooms, HER system, tablets, smart phones and applications just to mention a few.

How important is IT to Stanford Hospital?

Stanford hospital uses IT in virtually all aspects. IT is important in raising the standards of healthcare to top quality. Technology has facilitated easy prescription of drugs, management of various staff, monitoring the condition of patients, effective communication among other tasks to meet to increasing patient needs.

How does IT give Stanford hospital competitive advantage over competitors?

The application of artificial intelligence, powerful social networks and other technologies has made our institution the leader in the delivery of quality healthcare in California and the whole of America. We are armed with up-to-date technological equipment and knowhow that enables us to deliver more efficiently and instantly. The use of IT has raised our standards and modernity that helps us beat the competitors in the market.

As IT specialist, how do you think technology has disrupted healthcare industry?

Approaching healthcare from clinical information point of view, technology has acted as the inflection point giving everyone access to medical information at his or her fingertips. Digital communication and information technologies have created a perfect healthcare platform.

What needs to be considered to implement IT systems in healthcare institutions?

What matters in the implementation stage is how the information system will be utilized, how to communicate, the way to assess its results, the technologies you create to support it, how to enhance transactions, lowering the cost and ultimately how to improve the outcomes of the system under implementation.

Does Stanford use IT consultants or Outsourcing?

Yes, we believe in workforce consulting as well as outsourcing to enhance our abilities. Stanford partners with leading IT firms in innovating talent solutions for the institution. Consequently, we protect our intellectual capital because we believe human capital is the best resource the institution can have.

What organizational impacts does IT have on Stanford healthcare center?

Heavy investment in IT at Stanford is valuable to the nurses, healthcare administrators, physicians, consultants and IT personnel who are actively involved in developing, planning, evaluating and utilizing information systems.

How is the IT department at Stanford healthcare organized?

IT department plays the instrumental role for the smooth running of our institution. As senior manager, I closely work with IT specialists and technicians in handling IT related tasks and responsibilities. We have a culture of listening to the opinions from every staff in the department because we are all talented in our own capacities.

Works Cited

Johnson, Laurence A and Edward D. Stone. Palo Alto Stanford Hospital: Architecture 2n, University of California, College of Environmental Design. Berkeley, Calif., 1961. Print.