Guest Column | February 20, 2013

Stepping Up Mobility For Enhanced Care Delivery

Elaine Lau

Improving accuracy, efficiency and outcomes through mobile access to comprehensive drug information

By Elaine Lau, Manager of Drug Information Services, SickKids

Healthcare is inherently a mobile environment. When it comes to higher quality and more efficient delivery of care, a growing body of research suggests that there is a link between the amount of clinician time at a patient's bedside and improved workflows and outcomes.

Simply put, the more care that occurs face-to-face with the patient, the better. As healthcare organizations prepare for the future regulatory landscape as it relates to quality initiatives and expectations, the integration and use of mobile applications into clinician workflows should be an important consideration.

Hospitals across the country are already leveraging the benefits of a mobile workforce to support collaboration, drive the use of evidence-based practices and eliminate errors. A 2012 survey conducted by the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) found that 75% of healthcare organizations have already deployed infrastructures and solutions allowing clinicians to access reference and clinical data via a mobile device. The primary benefit noted in the survey was “improved access to patient information and the ability to view data from a remote location.”       

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