While many people feel the move to mobile health may be simply a fad, I believe it will become the new normal in healthcare. Here’s why:
#1 Hospitals are all about motion
Have you ever been to a hospital where everyone and everything wasn’t in constant motion? Patients, clinicians and equipment; everything is always on the move and in a hurry! But for the past few decades, we have designed technologies that require the user to sit and type at a workstation. At rest is not the natural state of a hospital. It also radically alters the natural workflows of everyone who must use these tethered systems. Mobile Health is the natural solution to this problem. It allows clinicians, clerks, maintenance, housekeeping and everyone else to stay on the move and still leverage all the benefits of technology.
#2 Physicians and nurses are in short supply
So is their time. It’s important to ensure that their time and efforts are maximized. Giving them the tools they need to care for more patients and provide better quality care is the key. Why is this important? Retention. While these have always been stressful occupations, the past several years have placed a greater and greater burden on fewer and fewer people in these roles. Making their workday more satisfying and less stressful benefits everyone.
#3 Patient engagement
The opportunities presented with mobile Health to innovate and re-imagine patient engagement not only between clinician and patient but also between the patient and their own health data is unprecedented. Home care, remote patient monitoring, adherence, tele-medicine, PHRs, prescribed apps, the list of opportunities is endless.
Untethering nurses from the nursing station allows them to spend more time providing quality and personal care at the bedside. Delivering results directly to clinicians via mobile devices may save critical time delays for providing a diagnosis to save a life. Mobile Health when implemented correctly should provide a return on time that can be invested in care. Speeding up technology allows clinicians to slow down, think, communicate and engage more often and more effectively.