Mobility taking flight in the health care realm


Doctors have pushed for mobility in the workplace and are finally getting their wish. According to a new infographic from CDW Healthcare, 66 percent of physicians use tablets for medical purposes, while 85 percent of hospitals are embracing "bring your own device" policies. There are several benefits that come with allowing doctors to use their own devices for work purposes. Health care inventory management can be handled with just the scan of a barcode, and physicians have the ability to access electronic health records from their sanctioned smartphones and tablets when caring for patients.

Doctors are using more apps
Powerful business applications have made life easier for many professionals, and now physicians are starting to experience those same advantages. The infographic showed 45 percent of clinicians are using apps to collect data at the bedsides of patients, 38 percent are using barcode apps that work as an iPhone and Android inventory scanner and 34 percent utilize apps to monitor data from medical devices. Using smartphone and tablet apps, doctors and nurses can collaborate more efficiently and provide more personalized care to patients.

Hospitals can save a substantial amount of money
Improved lines of communication throughout the health care facility are just one of the benefits created by enabling BYOD policies at hospitals. The infographic revealed remote monitoring technologies have the potential to save health care organizations in the United States up to $197 billion over the next 25 years.

BYOD strategies must be well-thought-out
However, these advantages won't be possible if there isn't any initial planning. An article for Healthcare IT News said BYOD can only be effective if the right strategy is put in place and executed. Brent Lang, president and chief operating officer at Vocera, told the news source that passively building a BYOD policy will limit the levels of success hospitals can experience when allowing physicians to use their personal smartphones and tablets for work purposes. Doctors and nurses must also clearly explain the hours they can be reached on their mobile devices. Lang stated hours of availability can be a point of contention at many health care facilities. 

Lang added doctors and nurses are involved in critical workflows, so barriers on how accessible they will be need to be in place. With a BYOD policy in place, health care organizations can limit when physicians will be reached on their personal devices.