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.
The biggest use of purpose-built medical tablets in the healthcare space isn’t just thanks to the fact that doctors and nurses stay on the leading edge of technology. As a demographic, medical professionals adopted smartphone technology in advance of and in greater numbers than the rest of the professional community.
It is, in fact, driven by the fact that patients find medical tablets give them more freedom to stay in touch with their healthcare providers (including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and health plan administrators). Tablet use by healthcare professionals means patients have greater access than ever to those directly and indirectly involved with their health.
Nowhere is this truer than in hospital settings, patients can stay updated on a regular basis when their chart is readily available, easy to access with a tap.
However, most healthcare professionals consider implementing or improving mobile technologies to be a high or mid-level priority not just due to patient trust levels and satisfaction, but from actual benefits to patient safety, particularly in hospital settings. Tablets allow:
- Faster, more accurate patient monitoring and data collection, including the ability to use mobile broadband and Wi-Fi enabled interfaces to track patient monitoring devices and medical instruments, with connectivity and ability to receive updated data in real time.
- Dashboard access to all vital patient data, covering patients, prescriptions, diagnostics, legal, financial and operational information summaries and details.
- Reliable appointment scheduling to enhance patient care after discharge – including doctor and nurse visits, laboratory tests, reminders, and re-scheduling.
- Prescriptions management, including authorizations, refills, patient-drug interaction and dosage management.
- Reduction of error prone human data entry by feeding in data from patient care systems.
- Easy access to patient data at a variety of authorized levels to ensure appropriate patient care and stay compliant with privacy laws.
Medical tablet tech allows doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel to communicate virtually and more effectively, while keeping privacy and security of all data properly protected – important in all healthcare settings, and particularly in medical military scenarios.
Tablet computers are gaining an increasing foothold in the healthcare sector across all segments, and increasing tablet adoption in the healthcare industry provides endless possibilities for the improvement of patient safety and care. Deploying purpose-built medical tablets across a wide range of hospital facilities and specialty clinics as well as in first responder settings can only lead to better patient outcomes.