It’s no surprise at all that revolutionary advancements in technology are propelling the healthcare industry forward at a rapid pace, and yet, developments in foodservice are often still rare despite their potentially groundbreaking implications – or rather, they were. As the future of healthcare technology becomes clearer, it is apparent robotics, chambered ovens, and AI technology are just a few of the innovations we can expect to grace your care facility diet offices sooner than you think.
Robotics & Automation
With patient demands growing and one-on-one time with care providers seemingly evaporating amidst mounting administrative expectations, foodservice automation is becoming increasingly necessary for maintaining quality patient care. Many experts believe the next natural evolution to this is “using robotics to automate hospital ancillary and back-office services,” which will “generate considerable cost and time efficiencies, and improve reliability.” Essentially, this means the ability for your nutrition staff to utilize a simple touchscreen interface to activate a real robot capable of scheduling meals, delivering and collecting meal trays, and more really is closer than you might realize.
If you were to take a peak inside your facility’s kitchen now, chances are you would see the same appliances that have been upholding your foodservice operations for too long already, including traditional convection ovens not designed to accommodate the ever-expanding needs of your facility’s foodservice operations. However, change is coming. With new, chambered convection ovens designed to offer multiple flexibly independent cooking chambers currently in testing, it’s only a matter of time before your nutrition staff will be able to prepare numerous different, separate meals and/or dishes simultaneously for patients with diverse dietary preferences and requirements.
In any health care setting human error is unavoidable, which is precisely why AI assistants and interfaces are likely to skyrocket in popularity as they become available. In regards to foodservice alone, AI systems will be able to virtually guarantee patient safety through effortless dietary compliance, effectively eliminating all risk of malnutrition, allergic reactions, food-drug combinations, and even lapses in foodservice cleanliness that could affect patient health. AI-based cameras will be able to monitor your staff and ensure food safety protocols are being followed. Meanwhile, intelligent cleaning systems boasting “optical fluorescence imaging and ultrasonic sensing technologies” to detect “microbial debris and food particles” will ensure all foodservice equipment remain clean and ideally operational.
Can’t wait? Start making a difference in the lives of your patients by utilizing our latest foodservice technologies to automate your diet office and streamline patient satisfaction. After all, Vision Software is still a renowned leader in food nutrition informatics, and we’re certain our HIPAA compliant, HL7 compatible software applications can start effectively changing the future of your facility for the better today! Call 629.777.8989, or fill in the free consultation form in the sidebar, to learn more about how Vision Software can positively impact the lives of the patients and visitors you service every day.