Mobile Connected Technologies
Clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities are embracing new mobile technologies in order to be more efficient in their daily tasks. With faster communication and better collaboration, clinicians can spend much less time handling medical devices and more time administering care to their patients.
Industry experts are stating that mobile connected technologies are providing much more than just gains in productivity for the healthcare industry.
“Care teams are using mobile technologies to collaborate in new ways and extend their reach,” says Kevin Dean, managing director of Healthcare, and Life Sciences for Cisco Consulting Services. “In the past, patients only had access to the clinicians and specialists in their vicinity. Many doctors were forced to be a jack of all trades, especially in rural areas. But with mobile technologies, patients and clinical teams have better access to one another, which creates opportunities to improve care and design new care models.”
What the New Model Looks Like
The healthcare industry has always been associated with response-based actions. People who are in need of help won’t be on the radar unless communication is established. With the help of technology, clinical teams and their patients have an opportunity to be more proactive, working together to try to avoid—or at least delay—crises in chronic diseases and medical events.
Synchronizing the communication between previously disconnected care teams is one way mobile technologies are transforming the healthcare industry. With more integrated care, patients can receive attention and advice before an acute event occurs.
This coordination isn’t just reserved for clinicians. Social workers and elderly care professionals also have an opportunity to partner with integrated care teams, bringing “hospital expertise” to patients’ homes and daily lives and helping avoid unnecessary admissions.
Patients Can Be Cared For Without Coming Into a Facility
As independent care teams become more integrated and better coordinated, they can extend their capabilities and resources to new patients and to existing patients in new ways. Telehealth and telemedicine technologies, for example, are helping providers deliver care at a distance.
Telehealth allows clinicians to consult with patients who are not at the hospital or doctor’s office, which can save time and costs for both the provider and patient in managing their disease. Telemedicine helps two or more clinicians, such as an on-site generalist and remote specialist, work together in support of a patient.
Dynamic Care for Everyone
Mobile technologies create more dynamic care solutions. With the “Internet of Everything” movement connecting any number of devices and sensors, providers now have a chance to analyze a large amount of healthcare data in real-time and make better decisions much quicker. What normally took days could take minutes.
Beyond epidemics, dynamic care could help health providers better understand and improve their operational efficiency, patient support, and community impact. With faster, more proactive decisions and care, providers have an opportunity to minimize adverse events, circumstances, and costs.
Getting Patients Involved
The most important factor to consider is that mobile technologies are allowing patients to play a greater role in their own care. Smartphones and other mobile devices, in particular, are helping patients gather important personal health details—insulin levels or blood pressure, for example—and send them to their doctor. Doing so gives the care team more patient information more frequently, complementing or even circumventing hospital or office visits.
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By Connected FuturesMag (Cisco)
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