Innovation that will measurably improve patient care
Innovation isn’t about jumping on every new technology trend. It’s about making deliberate decisions and developing smart strategies that will measurably improve patient care.
Those efforts touch all areas of care to improve the entire patient experience. Some examples of our patient care innovations:
At their best, our digital devices have the power to make life easier. Patients want portability, convenience and ease of access. From scheduling appointments online to remotely monitoring health data after going home from surgery, we use the latest digital technologies to empower patients to take control of their health care.
UCLA Connected Health services link patients and providers through the phone or computer, allowing patients — and other physicians — to consult with UCLA specialists from anywhere using:
- Video visits: Through secure video visits, patients receive care from UCLA providers — without the hassle of traffic and waiting rooms. For patients having surgery, we offer pre-operative anesthesia consultations and post-operative follow-ups from the convenience of home. Our video technology also allows UCLA’s expert neurologists to connect with emergency room physicians at remote hospitals to manage stroke patients quickly, without transferring them to another hospital.
- Remote patient monitoring: Doctors can gather real-time health data from patients with chronic diseases or those who have returned home after surgery. Remote sensors collect information such as heart rate, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels. The results can alert your doctor to concerns before they become serious.
Electronic health records
We’ve implemented a comprehensive electronic health record system that allows patients to make appointments, message with clinicians and view lab results with ease. Having inpatient and outpatient records integrated across the health system makes it easier for providers to see the big picture. Our innovators, too, can look for patterns within those records to identify health care needs among our patient population — and find new solutions.
In 2018, UCLA Health adopted changes to the electronic record system to support LGBTQ+ patients. The changes allow patients to note preferred names and pronouns so that clinicians can deliver more equitable care. It’s just one of many ways we put our patients’ needs first.
There’s no shortage of available health apps, but it can be hard to know which tools are valid and effective. Our trusted UCLA Health Apps help patients connect with their care teams, better manage care plans, engage in healthy physical activity and more.