Healthcare is facing big challenges. Not just because of the corona crisis, but also in general. The society is ageing, and the shortage of employees is growing. Simultaneously, the cost of healthcare is increasing, there are cutbacks and complicated new rules and legislation.
But the healthcare also has a lot of opportunities, as this industry can take advantage of new technologies too. E-health is already playing a major role in hospitals, and it is only getting bigger.
In healthcare, we already see many technological trends. We see that Clinical Mobility is growing, but what exactly is it? What is the use of Clinical Mobility for healthcare professionals and patients?
Clinical Mobility: what is it?
Clinical Mobility is a comprehensive term. You can see it as Enterprise Mobility but focused on healthcare. In short, Clinical Mobility is the use of mobile devices by physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals at the point-of-care (usually the bed of a patient). These mobile devices can vary from mobile computers and tablets to mobile printers.
Advantages of Clinical Mobility
Many procedures at the bed of a patient are still practiced manually, such as updating the status or entering blood values. These actions are prone to errors. Where human hands are involved, mistakes can always be made.
Clinical Mobility replaces these manual and error-prone procedures by digital solutions. If you process information digitally, you are able to enter these in real time. Not only does this lead to fewer mistakes, it also saves a lot of time for healthcare professionals. These are the advantages:
- Accurate patient identification
- Better streamlined processes
- Better quality of care
- More insight and a better overview
How does Clinical Mobility work?
As a healthcare institution, if you use Clinical Mobility, you use mobile devices instead of a fixed workstation. This gives healthcare professional access to patient information, lab results and allergy information at the patient’s bedside. By not having to walk to and from a workstation, more time is left to actually provide care.
But how does the use of mobile devices in healthcare exactly work? With these solutions, healthcare professionals have mobile access to the EPD (Electronic Patient File). Basically, there are two EPD suppliers leading the market: the Dutch ChipSoft and the American Epic. Both suppliers have developed a mobile application to access their EPD system with a mobile device.
Clinical Mobility in practice
The use of Clinical Mobility has a positive impact on daily healthcare. It takes a lot of time when healthcare professionals are only able to access the EPD from the workstation. They need to walk away from the bed anytime they need information, which means they can give less attention to the patient. Also, they often have to wait for a colleague to finish at the workstation first, which increases the risk of errors.
Mobile devices remove these obstacles, so more time is left to actually provide care at the point-of-care. Various applications are available to give healthcare professionals access to information and edit data.
Clinical Mobility streamlines processes and allows more efficiency. For example, patients can be identified digitally by scanning their wristbands with a mobile device. By performing this check digitally, the four-eyes principle is no longer necessary, which means a healthcare professional can identify the patient alone. This cuts the workload in half, freeing up valuable time.
Enterprise device or regular smartphone?
Basically, these applications work on any decent smartphone. Still, it is better to use Enterprise devices that are specially designed for healthcare. An ordinary smartphone just does not have all the functionalities of an Enterprise device.
A big advantage of Enterprise devices is that they are easier to manage. In addition, it has an advanced scanner built in, which is not the case with smartphones.
Besides, Enterprise devices are designed for healthcare from the ground up with medical grade plastics, able to withstand frequent cleanings and disinfectants without damaging the device. And last, but not least, all screw holes are covered and the number of creviced and seams have been minimized to eliminate places where germs can hide.
Dalosy takes care of healthcare with a total package solution
As a healthcare institution it is important to make a choice that suits your way of providing healthcare. In addition, the hardware and software of the mobile devices must be reliable.
Dalosy takes care of that. We advise which Clinical Mobility solution suits your healthcare organization best. We implement the chosen mobile devices, connect them to the EPD and help you with the configuration. We install the devices completely in advance, so immediately upon delivery or replacement they are ready to use, right from the box. If you want information about the use of the devices, we can make reports for you. If there is a malfunction, we will help you out immediately.
But these are just a few examples. What exactly is needed, differs per healthcare organization. Do you want us to take care of all the essentials? We can do that. Do you want us to only manage one element for you? We can do that too.
By using the right Enterprise devices, healthcare professionals can increase their productivity and efficiency. And by picking the right Enterprise Mobility partner, you ensure continuity. Good for the healthcare organization, the healthcare professional and the patient.