The technology and medical fields have become increasingly intertwined over the last decade. The communication and computing power of tablets and smartphones, in particular, are changing health care delivery.
Mobile technology gives physicians unprecedented access to information and decision-making tools, along with ways to communicate. Patients are also using mobile devices to manage their own health and to share information more easily with their doctors. Cloud-based charting helps keep critical information from multiple caregivers in one place to help doctors learn the big picture of a patient.
Here are three of the most significant benefits of this ever-changing technology.
Gone are the days of roaming around hospitals with resources such as journals and reference books.Gone too are the days of having to wait days to consult with colleagues before reaching a decision.
With the help of smartphones and tablets, health care providers have immediate access to patient records. With more flexible communication options provided by mobile tech, health care team members can coordinate efforts quickly to streamline health care delivery.
These technologies also make accurate documentation easier and faster. This nearly effortless access to information and dialogue reduces wasted time and labour, which can ultimately lower costs.
Custom apps can provide clinical decision support to result in less risk of harm to patients. Physicians can now remotely access more information faster than ever before.
For example, custom apps can provide clinical decision support to fight the one-size-fits-all approach that tends to creep into healthcare. Mobile software allows physicians to combine medical expertise with patient-specific information more quickly and correctly than ever before.
Faster access to critical information can improve decision making, which in turn improves patient outcomes. In short, better information leads to better diagnoses.
Getting a patient’s commitment to their health care plan is key to managing long-term medical conditions.
For years, home health care tools have let patients monitor factors such as blood glucose and blood pressure at home. Now, mobile apps provide easy information tracking and storage, as well as providing feedback to both patient and doctor.
Mobile apps, especially those that incorporate text messaging help patient adherence to medication plans. Since patient cooperation is key to managing long-term medical conditions, these tech tools help provide better patient outcomes.
Handheld devices and apps are proving their usefulness in the medical field. Mobile technology has the remarkable potential to greatly improve health care in hospitals and in communities where patients reside.
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