With an expanding healthcare system to account for an ageing population, along with a shortage of nurses already being experienced, the sector is a ticking time bomb that is going to struggle to meet future needs if technology innovations aren’t seriously considered in the immediate future.
As Australia’s population and average age continues to rise, so too does the demand on our healthcare sector. The industry already faces a significant shortfall of nurses by 2025, and we continue to see worrying reports of understaffing and the consequential stress, burnout and effect on patient care.
Kronos' “Nursing Pulse Check” survey reveals 51 per cent of nurses plan to leave the profession in the next ten years and one in five expects to leave within the next five years.
Healthcare is a critical service, but as an industry it has often been slow when it comes to the uptake of technology to help better manage operations. While many of us enjoy the promise of flexible hours, new technology and modern working environments, nurses feel stuck in an industry that hasn’t kept up with the technological revolution or embraced the modernisation of the working environment.
Now more than ever, the healthcare industry faces a wake-up call to understand how it can better manage workloads, staffing pressures and productivity through the use of technology.