Today, there are apps that cover almost every area of services like banking, retail, travel and more. Healthcare providers have raised their awareness of mobile platforms, too. For healthcare providers, it’s very important to run each of enterprise apps through quality assurance (QA) in order to avoid security and performance issues as they contain users’ sensitive information such as personal details and health status.
While recent debates have settled some key issues, the future of healthcare in the United States remains unclear, making it very hard to know precisely what tomorrow will bring. There are some certainties, however, already starting to shape what’s ahead for America’s healthcare. Among these, the need to address underserved populations and the emergence of a 5G network. As the next generation of mobile networks/wireless systems, 5G will transform healthcare capabilities, experiences and technologies and make it possible to reach populations that currently have insufficient access to care services.
As we go through our days, we are surrounded by a variety of alerts: clocks alarm in the morning, microwaves ding at lunch and dinner, smartphone reminders chirp throughout the day, and sounds of text messages are often in between. By Todd Plesko, Vice President of Product Strategy, Vocera Communications, Inc.
Remote monitoring – a key element of mHealth, where mobile solutions are used to deliver health – is becoming ubiquitous in the U.S. population. Some 60 percent of U.S. adults track their weight, diet, or exercise routine, and a recent Gartner forecast predicted that the overall wearable market would expand from 275 million devices in 2016 to 323 million devices in 2017. By Vincent Miller, Project Coordinator, Duke Clinical Research Institute
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.
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.
As a society, we know how important it is to be healthy. When we’re not, the costs are staggering. According to Gallup, the cost of employee absenteeism related to chronic conditions and obesity is expected to reach $153.4 billion this year alone. According to Onlife Health, Inc., people who are fit are also four to five times more productive than those who are unfit.
For individuals with type 1 diabetes (such as myself), frequent monitoring of blood glucose is a necessity of life. A blood glucose level that climbs too high or falls too low can lead to dangerous health situations, and keeping relentless track of the level is essential to managing diabetes effectively. To help provide this important information, many individuals wear a Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) device which includes a hair’s-width under-skin sensor and a small transmitter pack. The CGM measures blood glucose in real-time and sends that data wirelessly to a nearby display device.
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.
With all the talk of Big Data, there are still big questions as to how to most effectively leverage information and data to make a positive impact on healthcare delivery, cost, and outcomes. One health system leader thinks an approach developed by a Major League baseball team might be a game changer.
For the past five years, EHR/MU was selected as the top health IT initiative for the coming year. This year, there’s a new top initiative, and what it is should come as no surprise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Streamline care management, collections, and patient engagement with the new mobile app from Solutionreach.
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.
How robotics has the power to transform healthcare. By Christine Kern, contributing writer