Technological advances in healthcare pave the way for new, updated technologies in both consumer markets and almost every other field. In terms of treatment, diagnosis, and research, new discoveries in technology are almost always implemented in healthcare first. As healthcare is also an enterprise level business vertical, many hospitals are constantly looking for ways they can streamline their systems and increase productivity.
Tablets have become familiar in the healthcare industry, and for good reason. Their portability, usability, and ability to adapt and integrate with others systems makes them one of the most powerful devices on the market today. With the processing power of a computer and the mobility of a cell-phone, tablets combine the two best aspects of modern technology to create an intuitive, smart replacement for laptops and stationary computers.
Here are a few ways that mobile computers like the tablet are changing the way healthcare does business, from the offices of doctors to the hands of nurses.
- Real-time communication. Whether it’s face-to-face through video conferencing, or via instant message options, tablets are making it easier than ever to connect and collaborate around the world. Patients can communicate with doctors, nurses and doctors can contact one another and collaborate from separate destinations.
- Digital records. Fetching paper files and swapping them out several times a day is a thing of the past. With a tablet computer, patient files and medical charts can be pulled up quickly, and displayed to larger screens just as easily.
- Increased confidence. Tablets are just like scalpels: precise tools to be used by a healthcare professional to target the exact needs. Tablets provide another powerful avenue for information, one that can be used by nurses, doctors, and administrative staff alike.
- Improved time management. When paperwork doesn’t have to be copied from physical to digital format, several minutes to hundreds of hours can be saved. Tablets can be given to visitors to check in and input information, and paperwork can be limited or even eliminated.
- Stronger security. The days of file cabinets and vulnerable paper-files are over. Patient records are of the utmost importance, so leaving them open to fire hazards or thieves is in now in the past. Digital record-keeping and encryption ensures that the files will be on-hand, accessible, and protected from a breach.
Whether used in patients’ rooms, the lab, the OR, or mobile rescue units, medical tablet computers are designed to streamline the process and make workflow more efficient for all medical professionals.