MobileDevices inHealthcare:Is it aPositiveTechnologicalAdvancement?By: Nicole OwensHIMA 5060-601
Positive or Negative Advancement???With mobile devices, such as iPads/iPods, tablets,PDAs and Smartphones dominating the world oftechnology, is should be no surprise that they wouldfind their way into the healthcare industry.But is this a positive technological advancementfor healthcare facilities?
In the Beginning…• On April 13, 1973, MartinCooper made the firstmobile phone call in NewYork City.• Since then theadvancement of the cellphone has skyrocketed.
In the Beginning…• Cell phones are no longer used for just making phonecalls.• Now you can:– Search the web– Play music– Watch movies– Play games– Take pictures– Chat with friends– Send and receive emails
In the Beginning…• Like the Smartphone, tablets make it so you are nolonger confined to a desk. Tablets are popular becausethey do almost anything that a laptop can do but at afraction of the weight and usually are far lessexpensive.
Mobile Devices in HealthcareThe use of these moreaccessible mobiledevices and moreadvanced technologyare positively impactingwork-life balanceissues, and having abeneficial impact onhospital IT budgets.
Mobile Devices in HealthcareThe chart above shows the percentage of applications in which mobile devicesare commonly used in hospitals (According to Verity Insight Partners MobileTechnology in Healthcare: Q1 2012 Report).
Benefits of Mobile Devices inHealthcare• Increased access to Patient information– Patient charts will be easily accessible• Better communication• Enhanced productivity• Lower failure to respond rates– It will be easier to keep up with staff andappointments they may have
Posing Concerns• Security and Confidentiality– Without the property encryptions, viruses or hackerscan compromise confidential patient information• Interference with Medical equipment– Interference with signals can cause hazardousincidents like switching off and restarting machines• Transmission of Germs and Bacteria– Mobile devices can carry harmful bacteria that can bemoved throughout the facilities without propersterilization
Implementing the Use of MobileDevices• Planning is very important• Computer based systems need to be designed withconvenience, quality, style, speed, and security inmind• Training of old and new staff is pertinent• Facilities should keep in mind the cost ofconverting over to electronic medical records andthe cost of upkeep with mobile devices
Conclusion• With the development of new applications alongwith the convenience of having the information atyour fingertips, mobile devices will begin to beseen more and more in healthcare settings.• Although some concerns may slow the process,but with time and more studies to prove theirbenefits, I believe that they will soon be considera staple piece of equipment in the healthcareindustry.