Porter Research and Billian's HealthDATA have collaborated to bring you this primary market research program aimed at understanding healthcare providers' perceptions regarding mobility in healthcare.
"Mobility" is a broad concept that has many meanings to providers. Definitions range from device manufacturers (Apple, Samsung) to carriers (Verizon, AT&T) and software firms (core health information systems (HIS) firms such as Epic, Cerner, McKesson and niche players such as Patient Keeper). A wide spectrum of definitions exists, from the very simple surrounding devices to the more complex that enable actionable receipt and use of data on mobile devices at the point of care.
Definitions for the Porter Research and Billian's HealthDATA study, "Providers' Perceptions: Mobility in Healthcare," focused on two primary areas: wireless and/or mobile devices; and access to data anywhere for the end user - be it a provider, nurse or administrative staff member. Mobile technology is being utilized in many departments within the hospital, and is continuing to grow in its adoption as technology platforms and solutions delivered to the marketplace improve.
Porter Research expects that over the next five years, mobile phones, portable medical devices, laptops, sensor technology and associated applications will play a key role in connecting not only healthcare providers across care settings, but also patients with their providers. Healthcare organizations will need to develop or enhance their existing wireless strategies that support clinical and workflow processes.
Almost two-thirds of the organizations surveyed have developed an enterprise mobility strategy, with a quarter indicating this strategy has been in place for more than three years. A quarter of those surveyed plan to develop enterprise strategies in the near future, most likely due to the fact that in the last year – as healthcare reform deadlines have drawn nearer and new guidelines have been issued – 80% have placed a greater importance on mobile healthcare solutions than in previous years.
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