Last week’s article in Becker’s Hospital CIO, “The Rise of mHealth: 10 Trends,” was one more take on a subject everyone seems to be talking about lately. One trend it identifies is clinicians going mobile to access the information they need, when they need it: “Whether a clinician is at the point of care and is double-checking evidence-based clinical guidelines, or receives an update on a patient’s labs on a different floor and needs to check the patient’s electronic health record, mHealth offers them an avenue to instantly receive that information.” The article also points out that 48 percent of clinicians are now using smartphones to find information.
We’ve been talking about the benefits of mobile healthcare technologies for years. In case you missed it, here are just a handful of recent blog posts detailing how mHealth is transforming hospitals’ old ways of working.
A far cry from ‘Hey you!’
Our Chief Nursing Officer Candace Smith has been in nursing more than 30 years. So she remembers the days when doctors used to shout across the hall to get a nurse’s attention, and nurses would chase a white coat down a stairwell to connect with a doctor. Those were the old days. Today, smartphones could be the glue that finally brings nurses and doctors together.
Texting holds the key.
Trying to improve your hospital’s performance on Key Quality Measures? Try smartphones. When it comes to an every-minute-counts care scenario, like heart attack or stroke, your staff can’t afford to waste time on pages and call-backs. Voalte Founder and CEO Trey Lauderdale talks about how clinician texting can help improve patients’ chances for a full recovery, and your hospital’s ability to meet strategic and financial goals.
Who needs memory games?
We used to memorize the phone numbers of people closest to us. Now that we all carry smartphones, it’s a safe bet most of us don’t even know mom’s number by heart. That’s because we can rely on our directory of contacts to dial up whomever we need, whenever we need them. Voalte Director of Product Management Taylor Anderson says our doctors and nurses should be able to do the same.
Given the healthcare industry’s history of cumbersome communication, one hospital is doing something extraordinary: giving doctors and nurses the tools they need to communicate quickly and efficiently. Guillermo Moratorio, our Implementation Launch Manager, reports on how Sarasota Memorial Hospital is eliminating the need for call-backs, overhead paging or walking the halls searching.
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