Virtually every industry has been affected by mobile methods in recent years. Considering everything from application creation to wearable technology and artificially intelligent devices, mobile technology has revolutionized the way we do just about everything – healthcare is no exception.
The shift to mobile technology integration has not only elevated overall patient care, it has also made nurse and physician workflows more efficient, accurate, and cost-effective.
GROWING USE OF MOBILE DEVICES
According to a study conducted by Zebra Technologies, 65 percent of bedside nurses reported using mobile devices regularly for patient care in 2017, and only 51 percent of physicians and 42 percent of pharmacists said that they integrate mobile technology into their care routine.
The study goes on to show that mobile device usage is expected to grow up to 40 percent by 2020 for all hospital workers. Mobile device use helps patients instill greater confidence in their caretakers and empowers hospital workers with the insight that they need to provide better, more personalized care.
MOBILE TECHNOLOGY TRENDS
The need for digitized hospital services has grown exponentially since society’s widespread adoption of technology. Remote patient monitoring and telemedicine have been two of the leading applications of transformative mobile technology. Remote patient monitoring involves using wearables to track a patient’s health metrics throughout their stay in a hospital or even after they are discharged. This provides clinicians with greater insights and information on their patient’s health and treatment options. These wearable technology devices also improve communication throughout organizations by providing staff with real-time access to medical records and lab results, allowing staff to spend more time caring for a patient at their side. Hospitals are also finding that by integrating mobile tech they can reduce medication administration errors and incorrect labelings.
A NEW KIND OF HOUSE CALL
Telemedicine, on the other hand, is the practice of using telecommunication technology as a means to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients at a distance. This practice is becoming increasingly popular due to its contributions in helping physicians to provide a significantly more personal approach to healthcare. Patients can simply consult with a physician through an application or website and get access to medical care without needing to travel, take time away from work, or have exposure to other potentially contagious people.
Providers experience benefits like improved office efficiency, fewer missed appointments and cancellations, improved health outcomes, and increased revenue.
A telemedicinal care program showed a 73 percent decrease in the chances of hospital readmission within the first 30 days of post-hospitalization care. Patients living in remote areas or elderly patients who depend on caretakers to be available to visit a doctor’s office benefit from being able to have access to a doctor through video conferencing whenever they need as opposed to having to go long periods of time without proper medical care.
Another popular method of telemedicine right now is automation of health-related text messages for patients. For example, an OBGYN can automate text messages that tell patients about their baby’s development and self-care depending on their specific stage in the gestation process.
More and more healthcare providers are adopting telemedicine into their everyday routine to stay competitive and provide the best health available, is your practice keeping up?