Although mobility in healthcare is still a trending topic, but it’s projection and market trend analysis says otherwise. For example, this year alone, spending in healthcare mobility related segments is projected to reach $5.4 billion. ( source : IDC Health Insights report ). The report also suggests that smart phones, new age communication tools coupled with a larger than average aging population with a greater prevalence of chronic diseases are the biggest key drivers for mobility in healthcare. While U.S. still comes as the largest market in the world for mobile devices due to large number of manufacturers, technological advancements, an increasing population with smartphones, tablets, and laptops and a growing awareness about the devices and technology, it’s no wonder that the healthcare industry in Europe and OCEANIA is taking strides to get their programs into the hands of these already mobile-savvy consumers. For example, 28% of European doctors use an iPad professionally.
Highly skilled healthcare IT professionals use mobility management platforms (MMP) and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions to improve practitioner and patient end-user experience while protecting valuable data assets. Mobility management platforms make life easier for healthcare IT professionals by centralizing mobility management integrations with wireless carriers, EMM solutions, corporate HR systems and more. An effective solution allows mobility program administrators to achieve enhanced control, greater visibility, reduced costs and increased efficiencies when managing mobile devices
The top 3 of the factors leading this tide are:
- Realtime access to critical patient records
As mobile devices continue to permeate the industry, they are moving closer to the point of care, meaning health professionals no longer need to rely on computers or enterprise mainframes for critical patient-specific information. Patient history and background information is available within a click away and this allows for better diagnosis and recovery.
- Uniform User Experience
A healthy mobility strategy can lead to a unified method with a single sign-on approach and a streamlined user experience. The risk of not having a mobility strategy is having a healthcare workforce with fragmented implementation of various mobile technologies leading to practitioners having to carry multiple devices, each having unique access requirements and user interfaces and security concerns.
- Data Security
An effective EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) allows organizations to secure applications that access valuable patient data assets, giving them the required data integrity and . While EMM is an integral part of a successful mobility strategy, integration with a mobility management platform ensures an effective end-user experience for both clinical practitioners and patients.
Dawn of Digital Transformation
In addition to overhauling traditional treatment methods and enhancing patient experiences, the healthcare industry’s mobility transformation will also evolve facilities beyond Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) toward Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions instead. This move is advantageous for several reasons: it allows providers to manage more extensive care teams, increase patient well-being and satisfaction, and provide more efficient treatment because records are easily stored, transported, and communicated.
For example, a recent examination of a health region in Australia illustrated that the adoption of an App that could better manage the annual check-up of the key chronic diseases between the multiple care givers could result in a 30% reduction of hospital admissions and over 20% reduction in duplications of medications, appointments and medical testing to each of the specialists per patient per year.
Even as the future of mobility evolves, health care providers and other stakeholders are investing in improving health outcomes and patient experiences. Changes to mobility have the potential to affect health care in several areas, like
- The expected reduction in vehicle accidents would impact the demand for trauma care.
- The indirect health impacts from, for example, reduced air pollution.
- The changes to patient mobility, potentially helping address the problem of no-shows.