Mobile devices have become an Essential Tool for Today’s Medical Professionals.
Today’s medical professionals are becoming more and more reliant on mobile devices as part of their daily work.
Mobiles are becoming increasingly ubiquitous within healthcare, with 4 out of 5 doctors using these devices to assist with their everyday work. As such, Mobile Health, or mHealth, technology has become big business over the past decade and is projected to reach a value of €53 billion ($60bn) by 2020.
mHealth Drives Efficiencies in the Healthcare Sector
The use of mobile devices makes it easier for medical professionals to access patients’ electronic health records. This is becoming increasingly common, with 43% of doctors admitting to using their mobile devices as the primary screen for accessing patients’ data.
This has great implications for productivity as information can be quickly accessed and is far less likely to be lost or mishandled. In fact, 74% of hospitals that use mobile devices to collect information from patients are more efficient than those which don’t. However, with more patient data on mobile devices, the onus is on healthcare professionals to keep these devices safe and secure. If a device gets lost or stolen, very sensitive data may very well find its way into the wrong hands.
mHealth Fosters Greater Collaboration
Mobile health technologies help medical professionals to overcome communication issues. For example, the use of note-taking and communication apps make it very easy to exchange messages and information quickly between relevant parties.
This improves information management and facilitates collaborative efforts to ensure a greater quality of care for the patient.
mHealth: Not Just for the Professionals
93% of medical professionals believe that mobile health apps can help to improve patients’ health. Today patients can download a wide array of apps which serve a range of functions including medication reminders, and fitness or nutrition trackers.
This allows patients to take a more active role and it also means that they can share data with medical staff. What’s more, the creation of health apps has enabled people to easily find (and take) preventative measures to self-diagnose minor problems, thus helping to free up resources and space in healthcare facilities for patients in greater need of attention from medical professionals.
Discover More About mHealth
Scroll down to the infographic below from Home Healthcare Adaptations to learn more about how mobile devices are used in healthcare. This insightful guide features some interesting statistics on the topic as well as a break-down of how apps are used by healthcare professionals. It also lays out the key benefits and challenges associated with mHealth technology.
Read the infographic below to find out more.