Needless to say, at Miradore, we think more mobility is better for everyone’s quality of life. But, there’s no denying the impact mobile technology has made in healthcare. In short, it has made a huge, life-saving difference. The reason we can say this with such certainty is that we’ve recently researched how the use of mobile devices has affected healthcare professionals’ working lives. Let’s take a look at our three key discoveries.
1. Time is better spent in the field
Imagine you’re a nurse checking on elderly people in their homes. Not long ago you’d have had to carry a heavy laptop with you, only for it to run out of battery by the time you get to your second patient. Thanks to today’s compact mobile devices, you can always travel light, confident you’ll stay powered up and connected throughout the long day.
During the working day, you can use your mobile device to see which patients you’ll need to visit and in which order. Once in your car, you’ll be securely guided by the device’s apps to your next destination. The ability to optimize your driving route and make notes on your mobile device frees up priceless minutes for doing your core job – spending time with the patient rather than driving between patients and the office. Communicating with colleagues, too, is both confidential and easy wherever you are, whether it’s via efficient co-working apps or messaging.
Today’s mobile healthcare professionals are even opening patients’ doors with their managed devices, thanks to Bluetooth. No more forgotten keys or difficulties enter buildings. So, just imagine how the future looks like?
2. Patient files are available anytime, anywhere
With several visits on your daily agenda, you can use your mobile device to double check patients’ latest medication or treatments. Instead of calling to the office for someone to rummage through files, you can access patient data instantly while visiting patients. It’s a vital to get the overall understanding and a big picture of the patient background and situation. What’s more, when documenting your patients’ symptoms, you’ll be able to use more than just words. Think about it: the latest iPhone has a 12-megapixel camera, meaning you can record ailments in amazing detail. Consulting with the doctor or specialist might also be needed during the visit. Knowledge is power and sometimes pictures can tell more than words.
Staff carrying mobile devices can also save critical moments during emergencies. In the past, if something was unclear about a patient’s condition during an emergency, someone might have to run and check papers or clumsy electric files. Now they have access to data, which is universal and readily available at the scene.
3. Protecting Patients’ privacy is the main thing
While it’s clear that companies need to instruct their staff to keep their mobile devices safe, we’re all only humans. This means that, unfortunately, devices are sometimes lost. Not only does MDM location help trace a misplaced device, but the device can be remotely wiped to save patients’ data and minimize the risks. As always power comes with enormous responsibility. Mobile Device Management helps IT staff enforce policies that can stop data from leaking if a device really is stolen. What’s more, policies can also minimize the risk of malicious or inappropriate software accessing patient data on devices. Other ways to keep health information confidential with MDM include fingerprint identification, application restrictions, passcodes, and encryption.
As you can see we’ve identified very clear ways in which mobile device management enables healthcare professionals to work more efficiently while making the lives of their patients better – and in many cases longer, too. It’s high time every company equipped their doctors and other healthcare professionals with the tools they clearly need. According to an Epocrates report, an impressive 48% of US physicians already used smartphones to search for medical information in 2014, while 53% used tablets to access patient records. Thankfully, joining this healthcare revolution is now easier than ever. And, to find out what our research revealed about the benefits to IT staff working in the healthcare sector, be sure to check out our blog next week.