FEATURED ARTICLES: MOBILE COMPUTING
Making Medical Workers Mobile (And The Patients It Serves)
The healthcare industry has undergone immense change over the last decade. From the introduction of healthcare analytics to the widespread implementation of electronic medical records (EMR)/electronic health records (EHR) across the U.S. to even the replacement of legacy phone systems with unified communications technology, the systems that make up today’s healthcare organizations function and look quite differently than 10 or 20 years ago. The common thread among all of this change is technology and the widespread adoption of the “anywhere, anytime” mindset for communication.
Mobile Technologies Play A Key Role In Reducing Physician And Administrative Burdens
In most ambulatory practices, care is delivered in a tightly-timed environment, with the performance of each team member dependent on a workflow that must move efficiently. With new mandates and evolving technology, the physician’s role is now more complex than ever.
How Mobile Devices Contribute To OR Delays And Cancellations
Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have changed the way people work and live by providing instant, anytime, anywhere access to information. Given the highly mobile life of a surgeon, smartphones have become a lifeline for case-related communication. Regardless of whether a surgeon is outside of a hospital environment or within different hospital settings (i.e. pre-op, recovery, intensive care, etc.) they need a way to stay connected when access to a traditional computer is not possible.
Software Quality And Device Recalls
The definition of medical device has expanded quite a bit in the past decade. Not only do wheelchairs, imaging equipment and pacemakers qualify as medical devices, but so do health monitoring apps and digital health trackers. Thanks to the advancements of the digital age, “hospital at home” is the trend. The industry is moving towards a connected care environment where devices that capture data, applications that derive insights from that data and apps that deliver personalized suggestions have become the critical driving factors. Nevertheless, the industry is also fueled by globalization, competition and demand for more advanced treatments. Sensors are at the heart of every device, from small bandages to implants.
CASE STUDIES & WHITE PAPERS
Hands-Free Communication Solution Helps Decrease 'Left With-Out Being Seen' Rate By 69.5%; Improves HCAHPS Scores 44.7%
Hardin memorial health accelerates care, improves critical workflows and boosts patient satisfaction.
HIMSS18 Research Report: Frequent Interruptions Distract Clinicians From Patient Care, Contribute To Stress And Burnout
HIMSS Analytics surveyed hospital IT and clinical leaders at HIMSS18 to find out the impact of technology-driven interruptions on doctors and nurses, and how effective IT is at measuring and managing those interruptions. We discovered that when it comes to interruptions from technology, clinicians see a bigger problem than IT does.
How New Smartphones Are Revolutionizing Nursing
Smartphones transformed healthcare communications, but thanks to a new trend called the “Converged Device,” they’re about to revolutionize care delivery. One all-purpose device replaces a belt-full of single-purpose devices. And beyond sheer convenience, the results are stark: better care, higher patient satisfaction, better outcomes.
HFMA Educational Report: The Value Of Precise Patient Identification
Despite the best intentions, healthcare organizations can struggle with consistently and reliably collecting precise patient information and matching individuals to their medical records. The consequences of patient misidentification and mismatching can be severe, ranging from medical errors to adverse effects on the bottom line. Patient misidentification also makes it difficult for organizations to track their costs and determine the total cost of care in risk-based arrangements.
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
The Problem With Consumerism In Healthcare
Many industry leaders championed a free market approach to healthcare during the 12th Annual World Health Care Congress last week. Here are a few key reasons why I don’t think this model is “the fix” our industry so desperately needs.
MOBILE COMPUTING PRODUCTS
MC40HC Touch Computer For Healthcare
Your healthcare staff wants the latest in mobile technology, and a device that is as easy to use as their own smartphone. Your healthcare organization requires an enterprise-class feature set, from data capture and security to manageability and dependably robust wireless connections. Get it all with the MC40-HC, including Android, the most popular mobile operating system in the world; world-class enterprise data capture capabilities; and Extensions (Mx), which adds enterprise-required features that are missing from standard Android. The MC40-HC empowers your healthcare staff to deliver the best possible patient care.
Streamline care management, collections, and patient engagement with the new mobile app from Solutionreach.
Motion CL920 By Xplore Rugged Tablet Platform
Reduce downtime and increase productivity overnight. Our sleek new CL920 Rugged Platform is a giant leap forward in our CL-Series with faster processing power, enhanced connectivity, increased durability and superior image capture software. With support for both Windows ® 7 and Windows ® 8.1 applications, the CL920 is ready to stand by your side now and in the future.
PatientReach Tablet is the revolutionary tool that transforms the check-in process. Simply hand patients the tablet when they arrive and PatientReach will prompt them to check themselves in and review and update personal information–but it doesn’t stop there.
The Vocera Smartbadge is a wearable communication device that enables clinician agility and accelerates patient care. Small, lightweight, and purpose-built for healthcare, the Smartbadge redefines healthcare communications by bringing together voice calling, secure messaging, and alerts and alarms in a lightweight wearable.
UltraLite 100 Tablet Computing Series Mobile Carts
The UltraLite 100 Series is a light, durable and affordable non-powered mobile medical cart, designed specifically for tablet computers. Each cart is manufactured out of light weight, aircraft-quality aluminum, with a non-porous, anti-microbial powder coat surface for optimal infection control. The compact base fits any environment.
Mobile devices can save time, reduce errors, and real time data access at the point-of-care. With mobile computers, healthcare providers have access to patient information on-demand and at any location in the facility. In general, these point-of-care computing solutions include tablets, laptops, smartphones, mobile carts, handheld scanners, and RFID readers. All of these mobile devices are essential to the larger category of mHealth solutions.
Mobile devices like tablets and laptops offer providers easy access to EHR/EMR systems, allowing doctors to diagnose patients quickly and have patient information available to them immediately. Handheld scanners, barcode scanners, barcoded wrist bands, RFID tags, and other identification applications allow for quick and easy identification of patients and medications. These technologies ensure proper medication dispensing and also provide patient security and safety.
Many of these mobile devices are housed in mobile carts, allowing for quick and easy access to tools, additional battery power for all devices, and enhanced mobility. All of these mobile computing technologies allow healthcare providers to access and record patient data in real time at the point-of-care, ensuring the highest quality healthcare possible.
Will Robots Redesign Healthcare Policy?
How robotics has the power to transform healthcare. By Christine Kern, contributing writer
29th World Neonatal, Pediatric and Family Medicine Conference
March 19 - 20, 2020
Medical Device Recalls – Keys To Implementing A Successful Approach
April 14 - 14, 2020
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