No shortage of healthcare staff, but of technology.

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We’re getting older. And who gets older needs more at-home care. Thus, it is not surprising that healthcare costs rose by 5.2% in 2019 alone– and will continue to rise in the coming years. At the same time, fewer people are choosing jobs in healthcare, whereas the number of employees that are leaving the healthcare field is increasing. A staff shortage, you might say. However, at online healthcare platform Dytter, we don’t think there is a shortage of staff, but rather a shortage of technology.

Research by Dutch foundation Het Potentieel Pakken shows that approximately a quarter of all employees in the healthcare sector wants to work more hours – the Netherlands has about 900,000 part-time caregivers. Then there is a study by SoloPartners, an umbrella organization for freelance caregivers, which states that 13% of these professionals started for themselves to be able to work more hours. Even more so, 21% indicate that they want to spend less time on administrative tasks and more time on actual people.

More capacity with smarter technology

As a result, there are more hours of healthcare work available than we currently use. Moreover, many hours are unnecessarily spent on matters like planning and administration. A shame, because there is an easy solution: technology. The online healthcare platform Dytter enables organizations to plan smarter, by making better use of data. Organizations cannot only plan within teams, but also spanning different teams or even across different healthcare organizations altogether. Planning goes faster this way, and, more importantly, schedules are put together smarter. As a result, the extra hours that people are willing to work are actually put to good use.

Elderly online

With smart technology, even more is possible. Healthcare organizations are already booking independent healthcare providers easily and quickly via Dytter, which makes upscaling and downscaling on-demand a lot easier. Furthermore, in the near future, the elderly are booking their own home care through Dytter: no intervention from other parties needed. Just an app. It is high time, because 30% of the elderly in the Netherlands are now digitally skilled.

Conclusion: the technology is ready to make healthcare smarter, more efficient, and better. Time to embrace that technology – Dytter is paving the way.

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