Do you know
anyone who doesn’t use a smartphone? Nearly half of all adults in the United
States now own at least one “smart” mobile device, and it won’t be long before
those without are in the minority.
does that mean for the way we work, and in particular how clinicians work in a
healthcare setting? Many doctors and nurses use smartphones in their personal
lives, but few have the same technology available to support their work. In
fact, they often still use landlines, pagers and PDAs – technology that was
obsolete long ago in most workplaces – to communicate with their colleagues.
for a change. The consumerization of healthcare IT is coming, and it’s about to
revolutionize not only the way clinicians communicate but also how they care
for patients. As mHealth delivers comprehensive, integrated healthcare
solutions, traditional boundaries will inevitably break down. The result:
onsite, offsite, any time, anywhere communication, collaboration and access to
who are accustomed to having maps, weather, news and the latest viral video at
their fingertips in their personal lives want the same timely and reliable
access to information when treating patients. That includes medical reference
apps such as Epocrates
as well as access to patients’ electronic medical records
organizations that embrace these inevitable changes are moving in the smart
direction, improving quality and efficiency, reducing costs and meeting
governmental requirements for meaningful use of EMR. More important is the
ability to focus on their primary mission of caring for patients. Other
benefits will likely include higher job satisfaction and lower turnover among
saying it’s going to be easy. Robust privacy and security features are integral
to the successful transition of smartphones into the clinical workplace. And
the challenge of working within a hospital’s existing wireless network is not
for the faint of heart.
Voalte has spent the past four years working through these issues at some of
the nation’s top hospitals. As we start Q2 of 2013, I’m pleased to announce we
experienced record-breaking growth of 280 percent over Q1 last year, with 18
new hospitals signed on to implement Voalte solutions.
The foundation of our exponential growth is our
stellar executive team
, made up of the most talented professionals in
their respective fields. In my new role as president of Voalte, I’m looking
forward to working with this team and our entire staff as we continue to lead
hospitals in the smart direction.