Point of care mobility solutions help doctors and nurses deliver quality healthcare at a patient’s bedside, during doctor-patient encounters, at remote locations, and in emergency situations. With point of care solutions at hand, care givers can access clinical information and hospital systems on need basis for accurate and timely treatment of patients at all times.
According to a Manhattan Research conducted in May 2012, 62% of US doctors own some kind of tablet. 80% of physicians use mobile solutions to access medical information and hospital data on their smartphones or tablets. Nurses are major users of mobile devices and solutions, driving the BYOD trend in healthcare. Surveys indicate that nurses find hospital IT lacking in facilitating effective communication and smooth workflow.
There has been a surge in healthcare application development in the last few years. However, organizations cannot take any risks with patient and hospital data. Enterprise mobility solutions are the seasoned choice – offering tight integration with existing systems, patient data security and safety, compliance with HITECH Act guidelines and FDA regulations, seamless user experience, high performance, and ease of use.
Point of care mobility solutions
Some scenarios where point of care mobility solutions prove invaluable:
- Patient registrations at the bedside (make treatment the first priority)
- Doctors using a mobile medical simulator at a patient encounter to explain a medical condition
- Doctors collaborating with peers via video, text or audio exchange for accurate patient diagnosis
- Doctors accessing telehealth solutions on mobile devices to view X-rays, cardiograms, etc., and lab test results for accurate diagnosis
- Doctors checking a patient’s EHR and noting current status at the patient’s bedside Doctors giving dictation that can be accessible to all staff members instantly for coordinated care
- Dieticians, therapists, and nurses checking orders at the bedside to take care of special needs
- Nurses verifying medication dosage with mobile barcode readers, leaving no room for error
- Laboratory technicians scanning patient information and recommended tests from a patient’s wrist band before collecting specimen
- Nurses documenting changes in a patient’s condition at bedside or during rounds that’s instantly uploaded to the EMR
- Nurses accessing facility-specific procedures on their mobile device when they are at a remote location (with or without internet connectivity), providing home health care, etc.
If hospitals don’t take steps to secure mobile access, people will continue using mobility solutions in an unsecured mode. That’s risky. CIOs must accept that people are not going to stop using solutions that make them more productive.
Healthcare CIOs must look at the bigger picture to formulate a long-term mobile strategy. Point of care enterprise mobility solutions increase the productivity of doctors, nurses and clinicians; ensure patient safety; enable faster, accurate treatments; reduce patient readmission rates and improve patient experience. Enterprise mobility creates long-term ROI in the form of brand repute, customer loyalty, savings (over time), higher patient outcomes and financial gain under the Meaningful Usage incentive program.
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