BYOD and mobile device technology are poised to transform healthcare, an industry often accused of being resistant to change. When lives are at stake, anything that eliminates boundaries between healthcare providers and their patients or colleagues is a critical development. The steady growth of mobile technology in this industry promises to do just that – make sure doctors and nurses are within reach and have access to the information they need at all times.
A primary element of these changes is healthcare workers using their personal mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, to access applications that enable them to deliver care whenever and wherever it’s needed. Doctors and nurses are transforming into a truly modern mobile workforce, championing BYOD in healthcare.
In addition to improving care and cutting costs, BYOD improves the quality of life for healthcare workers by allowing greater flexibility, productivity and user experience.
Here are 10 primary ways mobile technology is empowering healthcare providers:
- Receiving patient alerts while on-the-go with smartphones. Doctors can be immediately reachable for patient emergencies.
- Tracking hospital rounds and patient progress on tablets.
- Consulting specialists from anywhere using mobile video conferencing.
- Using apps to reference information in online drug and anatomy guides from anywhere. Caregivers can be sure they’re referencing up to date information.
- Leveraging mobile diagnostic tools to do remote consults with patients. Lab results can be delivered to physicians on all their devices, while patient vitals can be monitored long distance.
- Monitoring home healthcare aide location and workflow with GPS, helping track arrivals and departures for more efficient service.
- Accessing high-resolution medical imaging like X-rays and CT scans on tablets.
- Capturing photos and adding them directly to patient records remotely.
As the mobile workforce expands and gains acceptance across the board, industries that serve professionals are changing their offerings to meet new demands. Recently, efforts to turn automobiles into mobile offices have been making a big splash. Automobile manufacturers are partnering with tech companies to change the driving experience drastically (don’t worry, cars will still have CD players). The new technology serves a range of professional use-cases, whether it’s dispersed workforces that drive around servicing clients or simply individuals who spend extended periods of time on the road commuting every day.
Here are a few of the notable recent developments transforming cars into mobile workplaces:
At CES this year, Chrysler unveiled it’s UConnect Access Via Mobile offering. It’s part app integration system and part telematics system. These cars feature a built in 3G connection to provide drivers with a Wi-Fi hotspot. (link)
High Speed LTE:
If 3G doesn’t cut it for you, Audi will soon release the first vehicle to have an available high-speed LTE wireless connection (part of the Audi Connect package). (link)
While it’s unclear how car safety officials will react to this one, QNX (a RIM subsidiary) has partnered with Bentley to produce a concept Continental GT fully outfitted with video conferencing. (link)
Some cars, most notably the new Tesla Model S, feature unbelievably large screens. The Tesla’s screen looks like a large iPad in the front of the car, and has full web-browsing capabilities. (link)
In addition to built in features, electronics makers are getting into the auto-office industry with a range of products. For instance, portable printers that mobile workers can mount in their cars. These printers use direct thermal printing, so they dont even need ink or toner, and can run on a car’s power system. (link)