The Shifting Role of Digital Transformation in Healthcare

Digital transformation is nothing new to the healthcare industry. Over the past several years, it’s become a key initiative to help healthcare organizations elevate their level of patient care. In fact, a recent study by SAP Center for Business Insight surveyed 400 global C-level healthcare executives to identify the impact and progress of digitization efforts. The survey revealed that most companies (61%) regard digital transformation as important or even critically important to their survival today. In two years, that importance rises to 76%, and in five years, the number surges to 86%.  

When we look at healthcare’s shifting landscape, it’s not hard to see why digital transformation has become so necessary. As life expectancy increases, populations grow, and generations age, healthcare institutions need a reliable way to manage costs while scaling services and improving the experience for both patients and healthcare professionals. Administrative processes must be more efficient, streamlined, and precise, while bolstering security and protecting patient confidentiality are more important than ever before. 

Advancing digital initiatives can help solve these ever-intensifying demands. When properly executed, digital transformation can make hospitals more patient-centric, increase employee efficiency, develop new ways of care, remove administrative burdens, protect patient confidentiality, and—most importantly—improve the lives of patients and people.  

Yet digital progress in healthcare has been slow. Only 2% of surveyed organizations responded that their digital transformation was mature across the enterprise. So why the delay? Strapped by tight budgets and limited resources, many healthcare organizations find it difficult to organize and digitize their excess of unstructured, unmanaged data. In addition, the sheer number and scope of available digital solutions can be overwhelming when businesses try to map out a forward-thinking digital strategy.  

The key to sustainable digital success is to focus on the initiatives that can maximize results while minimizing effort and cost. Shift your focus toward scalable tools that can save time, reduce printing, and streamline processes for the most common daily workflows, such as managing and archiving patient records or expediting patients’ completion of forms.  

The PDF productivity of Nitro Pro™ and unlimited eSigning of Nitro Cloud® empower healthcare organizations to deliver better care by optimizing the workflows that employees and patients encounter every day. As the most common document format in the world, PDFs represent a significant portion of any healthcare institution’s daily documents. Instead of printing a form so a patient can sign or printing patient records so a doctor can add notes, healthcare employees can use digital tools like Nitro Pro to create, edit, review, mark up, and share any PDF.  

Seamlessly integrated within the Nitro Productivity Suite, Nitro Pro and Nitro Cloud enable workers to easily bridge the gap between creating a document, then editing, signing, and sharing it with colleagues for review and approval. The process becomes even more streamlined when these documents are shared with patients. Healthcare employees no longer must print a document to acquire a patient’s signature, then archive it among thousands of other documents. Now, these workers can use Nitro Cloud to request a signature with a couple simple clicks on their desktop or taps of their tablet or mobile device—a process that minimizes human error, saves time and storage space, and enhances patient confidentiality and document security. 

While digital transformation may seem overwhelming, making measurable progress toward daily digital workflows doesn’t have to be difficult. Investing in simple, practical solutions like PDF and eSignature tools for every worker will go a long way in modernizing habits, saving time, and enabling workers to focus on the parts of their job that truly matter—identifying treatments, delivering compassionate care, and saving lives.