Will Mobile Technology Eliminate the Need for Hospitals?

Certainly not. The adoption of mobile technology isn’t threatening the purpose and existence of hospitals; however it does have the potential to greatly improve hospital procedures and overall healthcare experiences. As illustrated by recent findings from Health Data Management and Panasonic, it’s clear that integrating mobile devices into the healthcare ecosystem can bring many benefits to clinicians, patients and IT system administrators for efficient care delivery.

Using mobile health technologies, the patient-clinician relationship can become highly integrated and assist in eliminating unnecessary visits, providing rapid access to healthcare advice and reducing unnecessary insurance costs. Prior to the initial visit isn’t the only time clinicians wish they had more interaction with their patients; many have expressed a desire for patients and families to play a more active role in their health by not only monitoring their conditions on their own, but engaging in activities that may help to improve their condition. Creating an integrated network that extends past the exam room allows for greater interaction and a more accurate and comprehensive view of health data. According to our findings, clinicians believe that making faster decisions as they access more accurate data in real-time is the greatest benefit provided by mobile devices.

But clinicians aren’t the only ones that believe mobile technology will improve the healthcare experience.  Over half of all consumers surveyed like the idea of remote care, and many (41 percent) would also like to see more services provided via mobile. While the benefits of healthcare facilities converting to laptops and tablets are extensive, a few of the top reasons cited by survey respondents include flexibility, accessing data, time savings, ease of mobility and improved decision making. Among the limitless capabilities of mobile technology, improved patient care was named as the top benefit of an integrated physical, virtual and mobile computing environment by 69 percent of respondents.

Clinicians, patients and IT leaders are all in agreement that there’s a large amount of untapped potential when it comes to mobile technology in healthcare settings. As facilities begin to adopt applications and computing solutions that increase patient engagement and patient-physician interaction, they will continue to see improved health benefits and create more efficient and effective care delivery.

To learn more information about the statistics and benefits of mobile healthcare, download the free infographic, sponsored by Panasonic and now available on Health Data Management’s website: bit.ly/1EDahFP

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