Bringing mobility into clinical practice across the care continuum is an integral part of improving care, reducing readmissions and increasing patient engagement and satisfaction. From giving clinicians outside the hospital access to patient data so clinical decision making isn’t delayed, to addressing patient needs at home to avoid an emergency room or office visit, mobility offers the flexibility to meet today’s healthcare demands. For both the clinician and the patient, user experience is a critical factor that determines the success of a mobile strategy.
Below is a guest blog post from Eric Dishman, Intel Fellow and General Manager of the Intel Health & Life Sciences Group. If you will be at HIMSS14, be sure to attend his educational session (#74) on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. in Room #320. During his talk, Eric will share his own experience battling cancer and the lessons he learned about the importance of a customized care treatment plan. You will also hear about the future of genomics and personalized medicine. Find out more information and read the latest blog posts on health IT in the Intel Health and Life Sciences Community.
While most hospitals and health systems are in agreement that mobility will play a key role in their future, many are overwhelmed on where to start. Each organization has its own unique infrastructure, workflow and set of needs – not to mention a range of different technology systems – to fit into the equation. However, there is a standard equation healthcare leaders should follow when selecting a mobility solution that will lead to quality, efficiency and financial gains – and position them for future success, regardless of regulatory changes that may come down the road. When added together, the following elements will equal success for every hospital or health system’s mobile health efforts:
I will always stay true to my belief that health systems need to take an enterprise-wide approach to mobility. But at the same time, I’m often asked by hospitals CEOs and CIOs how they should prioritize mobility when it comes to different care areas. My first answer is to look at your current challenges and strategic initiatives, and then ask how mobility can help you to get there. While I always emphasize the benefit of mobility across all departments, cardiology is where I see the potential for mobility to make the most immediate impact – especially when it comes to improving outcomes and reducing readmissions. Continue reading