5 Ways Medical Tablets Streamline Medical Facility Processes

How-Medical-Tablet-PCs-are-Changing-the-Face-of-HealthcareMedical facilities are strategically staffed with all-important key personnel: physicians, nurses, assistants, technicians and specialists. Each one of these has specific needs and requirements that need to be met for them to be successful in their roles.

Small to mid-sized medical facilities may be lingering behind when it comes to tech, but in order to meet all employees’ needs to achieve success, eliminate unnecessary processes and increase office efficiency, digitization and the adoption of medical tablets should become a priority.

Rugged tablets and the cloud are two related technologies that medical practices can readily leverage to make the shift to a digital facility. Utilizing cloud connected tablets enables all documents in the office to be digitized, stored, and accessed from any authorized device. This allows facility staff members to provide patients with the highest level of care in the most efficient manner.

Major pain points faced by medical facilities include:

Disorganization of documentation.

Medical facilities must maintain confidential, detailed documentation on each patient’s medical history, including medication information, health insurance records, allergy lists and clinical notes. Electronic Health Records are a start towards digitization and can be easily retrieved from the cloud or a secure server using medical tablets for instant mobile access.

Poor Accessibility

A common issue in a busy medical facility is misplaced patient files. The mobility, security, and ease of access to digital documents allows healthcare practitioners to review medical records at any hour from any location. Digitization permits patient files to be readily accessible without massive need for on-site storage and can also reduce filing costs and hours spent tracking down misplaced information.

Substandard Devices

Although nearly 80% of medical professionals use medical tablets or smartphones, most prefer a purpose-built solution over a consumer grade device. The ability to be customized with medical software, long lasting batteries, touch screens, mobility, and the ability to switch from a keyboard to a touch screen in an instant allow medical practitioners the flexibility to get things done.

Impossible Schedules

Medical practices want to offer patients the highest level of care but can find it difficult when the facility is either overcrowded or empty. Patient no-shows and cancellations represent almost a third of scheduled appointments, causing overbooking to become common. Schedules inevitably pileup with one doctor at loose ends and another overwhelmed. With medical tablets in play in a cooperative practice, patients can be shuffled back into order, wait times decreased, and physician collaboration done in seconds via tablet.

Security Concerns

81 percent of healthcare organizations are collecting, storing and transmitting some form of protected health information (PHI) on behalf of patients on a daily basis – much of that data via mobile devices. This brings a higher risk of being targeted for fraudulent activity and data breaches. A cloud service provider that adheres to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and medical tablets capable of the highest level security protocols can provide ease of mind and compliance when handling patients’ personal information.

By utilizing cloud-enabled medical tablets, medical facilities are better equipped to deliver enhanced patient care without sacrificing mobility or security.