Ways Mobile Technology Can Enhance Nurse Communications

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Nurses: The First Practitioners of mHealth Legions of caring nurses were probably the first practitioners of mobile health (mHealth), starting in the last century — the pre-smartphone era. Nurses often carried “beepers” or what is now considered antiquated pagers. Ways Mobile Technology Can Enhance Nurse Communications Today, there are many ways mobile technology can enhance nurse communications. New mobile technologies are poised to empower nurses to both spend more time with patients and improve the quality of their care. Many believe this will make nurses more efficient, lead to lower fatigue, and result in fewer overtime hours — saving hospitals money. Mobile technologies, which include sensors, devices, and apps will make it easier for nurses to access information from wherever they are and collaborate with a patient’s care team. Accenture research found that nurses frequently use a diverse range of communication technologies. These include: bed alarms, digital signage, both mobile […] Read more »

The Mobile Health Revolution is Here

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Advances in mobile computing technology are revolutionizing the way teen, parents, grandparents, and businesses communicate, access, and use information. If you think about it, it’s not at all surprising, considering that people check their phones an average of 150 times a day. As of 2014, more than 80% of Americans own and regularly use cell phones. Of those cell phones, 50% are smartphones running iOS or Android operating systems which capable of browsing the Internet and downloading the millions of available Apps.  Anyone who has a teenager knows that mobile computing has taken over. But here’s what may be surprising to some – mobile computing has made major inroads to the professional world, with patient health management at the head of the pack. An Information Week article published in 2011 reported that 80% of doctors use a smartphone or a tablet (such as a iPad) at work. And in another report, […] Read more »

Physicians Are Embracing Mobile Health Apps

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At least two-thirds of American physcians report using mobile health apps on smartphones while working according to a recent MedData Group survey. But almost two-thirds believe that a connected health care system is either more than five years away or simply will never happen. Are you a IT health care professional wondering how the health care and related technology landscape, such as secure messaging and video conferencing, will evolve over the next few years? The findings of the study provides a snapshot of which mobile technologies physicians are using right now — and what they want to be using in the future. Current Mobile Usage: Almost half of doctors say they currently use mobile apps to look at medication interactions The next-highest type of app cited is for diagnosis Less than 20 percent are currently using apps to access electronic health records The Top Three Areas Doctors are Considering for Next Year: […] Read more »

Hospitals Concerned Over Privacy & Security

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PwC Health Research Institute identified that the need for mobile security was one of the top ten issues hospitals will face in 2013. The report also found that 69% of the consumers surveyed said they were concerned about the privacy of their medical information if providers accessed it through their mobile devices. The rise in mHealth over the years has given tremendous growth to Hospitals and Healthcare organizations worldwide.  With this advancement, comes the concern of privacy and security for patient health information. The ability to use smartphones has opened a lot of doors for hospital communication, however the organizations using this technology must not succumb to any applications or solutions that are not secure, and not HIPAA compliant. Healthcare organizations can turn toward OnPage Priority Messaging for their communication needs.  OnPage is a secure, HIPAA compliant application that works on iOS, Android and Blackberry Devices.  The OnPage pager app turns […] Read more »