How mobility applications and BYOD could transform healthcare
- industry Highlights
- 2 years ago
Just like other high technological fields, healthcare is a constantly changing industry and organizations everyday continue to face the challenge of improving the quality of care while remaining compliant with industry standards.
Recent data and expert opinion all unite around the idea that the increased use of mobile devices has the potential to transform the medical sector but it will take time. But in reality so far mobile health has had a much bigger effect on the work habits of physicians themselves than on the care they provide to patients. Therefore, that is a field enterprise mobility app developers need to focus on.
Referring to mobile health apps designed to engage patients in their own healthcare, a lot of healthcare institutions are starting to focus more on how this kind of apps could be safely deployed to help patients better self-manage their care. According to recent mHealth developer’s survey for 2014 about 1/3 of consumers are already using mobile health applications to track their fitness, wellness, exercise and diet, and some are utilizing apps created for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. But the potential for the latter apps will be limited until healthcare providers are ready to receive, process and act on the data.
The second big division of mobile health is provider applications. These include:
- reference and rounding apps for physicians
- tablet-compatible electronic health records
- wireless medical devices in hospitals
- administrative applications that replicate the billing and appointment-making functions of a hospital’s patient portal.
The increasing ability of providers to do clinical work on their mobile devices, coupled with the potential to communicate directly with colleagues’ and patients’ smartphones, is laying the groundwork for much bigger changes in the future: here comes the EMM in the game.
Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) allows healthcare organizations to securely and more efficiently exchange clinical data while remaining compliant with industry regulations. The use of mobile technologies and applications can help make this transition across the field of healthcare smoother resulting in fewer hospital re-admissions and better patient outcomes.
EMM provides organizations with the technology needed to positively impact patient care throughout the entire patient journey regardless of the treatment location.
Here are the three important steps which will get us there?
- IT administrators should start focusing on how to extend existing standard health data processes to mobile devices.
- Mobile devices need to enable care providers to access and enter data into Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) – in real time, from anywhere.
- The need for mobility management and security are now more important than ever as the delivery of care continues to expand beyond the traditional clinical setting. Health organizations need to provide proper applications to ensure secure and protected medical record access.