There's no doubt mobile healthcare is here to stay. It's benefits are rooted in the performance it brings to existing hospital and clinical workflows. New physician chat apps and mobile EHR platforms enhance the patient experience through improved inter-departmental collaboration and richer doctor-patient relationships.
But what does this mean for the industry? Here are 4 ways mobile communication tools are improving healthcare.
With more hospitals and clinics under-staffed, efficiency and timely communication is of the essence. Fortunately, the existing presence of cell phone usage in the healthcare industry gave rise to targeted mobile messaging apps. The sheer flexibility of healthcare messaging replaces the pager and introduces a real-time resource with video, voice, text, file-transfers--all in one--linking departments at record speeds.
The fashion industry isn't the only one that jumped on the wearable bandwagon. Healthcare wearable device sales are at an all-time high. With an estimated $17.8 billion in annual sales for 2021 (that's 97 million units), the market is sure to attract some heavy-weight technology companies. For the physician, any new fitness-inspired and data-driven tech is a helpful resource for a patient's treatment.
Big data isn't just a marketing buzzword anymore. The healthcare industry recognizes the benefits of acquiring large amounts of patient information. Keeping track of changes in health patterns and behavioral differences means key insight into factors that may contribute to a patient's daily progression (or lapse). Most importantly, a caregiver can use this information to determine the next steps in treatments.
Fewer communication mishaps, legal expenses, and confrontations with the OCR are just some of the benefits of keeping internal communications compliant. Fortunately, with the big push in investigations from the HHS, more mobile app vendors are getting wise to HIPAA policies and procedures and re-configuring their products to better suit industry needs.
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