22 Jul Key Trends impacting mobile healthcare

Today technology is changing the way we pretty much do everything, from how we find our way around town or even how we cook our food. Technologies are constantly improving our lives in a variety of different ways including offering better education and giving access to better healthcare. In specific, mobile technology is having a huge impact on the field of healthcare. People should not resist this technology because healthcare providers will lose out on some of the great benefits that they will find through using mobile technology in this industry.

One benefit comes with the efficiency in offering medical care to their patients. Mobile technology can give healthcare providers all of the information that they need right at your fingertips, allowing them to access and transmit this information right at the point of care. The New York Presbyterian Hospital decided to hand out smartphones to those people on their clinical staff and discovered that this can have such great benefits. They noticed that there were fewer errors in the collection of specimens, as well as a significant reduction in duplicate lab testing being done and streamlining the communication between the staff. Even more important, for staff members concerned with the costs of implementing this type of technology, is that there was a nearly $270,000,000 reduction in costs that would normally come from these errors.

Early this year, we introduced the latest mobile technology to ProMedica to help maintain integrity of test results for patients and keep laboratories in compliance with regulatory requirements by allowing engineers and technicians to perform routine quality inspections and equipment maintenance. It immediately replaced all cumbersome papers and notebooks with one iPad, and log accuracy and task completion rates have improved dramatically.

They have also discovered that mobile technology ensures the appropriate billing code and patient status is correctly communicated between physician offices and hospital OR scheduling to minimize costly errors in pre-op patient scheduling.  They can do this all digitally and this allows the physicians’ office to quickly and accurately identify the appropriate ICD-10/CMS procedural codes. This is great for the patients as well, helping them to pay their medical bills in a more accurate manner.

All of this is great, but it does get much better. There are really no downsides of using mobile technology in healthcare. It can save money for all parties involved in the healthcare industry and will improve the satisfaction in the care that patients receive. Medical care mistakes can be extremely costly and not just when it comes to money but also when it comes to the health of the patient. Mobile technology can greatly reduce these expensive errors, which should be reason enough to make use of mobile technology. Many studies have been conducted and the evidence is overwhelming in favor of just how amazing mobile technology is for the healthcare industry. With mobile technology, you have access to accurate and valuable information whenever you need it most.