Converging Trends in Healthcare
The consumerization of mobile devices, also known as bring your own device (BYOD), is a major trend affecting healthcare. This involves healthcare workers using their personal mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, to access applications that enable them to deliver care whenever and wherever it is needed. Concurrent are the broader trends of increasing caregiver mobility and the use of cloud computing— whether in the form of electronic health record (EHR) software as a service (SaaS), an enterprise private cloud, or other health- care cloud offerings.
Delivering the Benefits of Consumerization and Cloud Computing These trends deliver benefits that help improve quality and efficiency while reducing the cost of patient care. They also improve the user experience for healthcare workers and increase flexibility, productivity, and job satisfaction. Using their preferred personal mobile devices, healthcare workers can efficiently coordinate patient care when and where needed. For the healthcare organization, embracing consumerization can reduce costs and improve talent acquisition and retention. Cloud computing delivers improved agility and scalability while further reducing costs. For example, cloud computing in the form of managed EHR SaaS enables rapid startup and seamless scalability, allowing healthcare organizations to focus on patient care rather than IT, avoid upfront server capital costs, and use a pay-as-you-go model, with seamless scalability in cloud computing capacity as business needs grow.
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