There’s a Growing Number of Healthcare Professionals Using Mobile for Patient Care
Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are becoming ubiquitous in doctors’ offices and hospitals as a means to standardize care protocols, improve the flow of information, and ease the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs). In fact, mobile devices are becoming as essential as the exam table, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Wolters Kluwer Health by Paris-based market and technology firm. Nearly 80 percent of the 300 practicing primary care, family and internal medicine physicians surveyed said they were using a smartphone in their day-to-day practice. Another 61% were using tablets.
According to the study, more than half (55%) of physicians who use mobile devices use both smartphones and tablets in their daily practice. The top use of smartphones is accessing drug information while tablets are used most to access medical research. In addition, mobile apps are being used by 24 percent of physicians, making these the top digital/social media channels used for work purposes. Further, a separate study found that while the majority of charting and EHR interaction is performed via laptop or desktop, nearly half of all clinicians who own a tablet commonly utilize it for EHR management and other clinical documentation.
Smartphones have become a round-the-clock resource for quick reference, continued education, and point-of-care among physicians. According to a 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey, more than 200 healthcare provider employees found that nearly 90% of respondents are utilizing mobile devices within their organizations to engage patients in their healthcare.
Here are a few statistics about the information sources that physicians seek when using mobile devices:
- 72% of physicians access drug information from smartphones.
- 63% of physicians access medical research from tablets.
- 44% of physicians communicate with nurses and other staff from smartphones.
In addition to patient engagement, physicians are also able to collect long-term and specialized data of certain diseases that were previously difficult to obtain. They can also track patient health behaviors through these apps over long-term periods of time. For example, wearables like Fitbit or Jawbone’s Up24 band, which are popular mobile devices among consumers can make it easier to track exercise, nutrition, and even sleep cycles. Other devices, like iHealth’s gluco-monitoring system, lets patients record pre/post meals and medications, and share glucose readings and insulin dosages with their physician.
In fact, 93% of physicians believe that mHealth apps can improve patient’s health according to a GreatCall survey on the rising popularity of mHealth apps. The same survey also reports:
- 40% of physicians believe mHealth technologies can reduce the number of visits to doctors’ offices.
- 93% of physicians find value in having a mobile health app connected to Emergency Health.
As a result of this shift in mobile health use, more mobile health apps are being developed to cater to the needs of healthcare professionals. This rapid development opens up a large market of mobile device users in all areas of medicine which healthcare organizations are realizing. Everything from care collaboration platforms to mobile EHRs or EMRs is being developed, which is attracting more and more healthcare providers across the globe. In addition, the global mobile health market is expected to grow annually at a rate of 33.5% between 2015 and 2020, according to an Allied Market Research report. This growth could be the result towards pushing EHR implementation to streamline processes and communication within health organizations, or simply making health data more easily accessible.
It’s clear to see that mobile health technologies are increasing in popularity globally, and as a result, transforming the face of healthcare. So if you’re a healthcare provider or organization that has yet to go mobile, you may want to consider these statistics and numbers, and make a change.
While there are still plenty of providers who aren’t using mobile health apps for patient care or engagement, data shows that they need to catch up. The truth of the matter is that healthcare providers and insurers need to “get with the times” because mobile devices truly have the potential to improve patient care and health outcomes. Surely it’ll take time for adoption of mobile devices in the healthcare industry to become mainstream; however, it’s looking like widespread adoption will happen sooner than we think. Companies are already investing into the development of mobile health devices, as it seems new patient engagement apps are launching every day across the globe.
With the digital surge of mobile device use in healthcare organizations the need for doctors and nurses having to recharge their devices is increasing every day. That’s where KwikBoost comes in… our products allow doctors, nurses, and visitors in waiting rooms the ability to recharge their devices while at the hospital or doctor’s office without needing to have their charger or find an accessible outlet. KwikBoost mobile device charging stations can be found charging up healthcare organizations devices in over 1,200 locations nationwide. Our charging stations make it easy for healthcare providers to charge their phones and tablets and can be wall mounted or freestanding. Our charging lockers are designed to securely store phones, tablets, laptops or any other electronic device while charging them. Power Tables and Wall Workstations offer quick and collaborative workspaces. KwikBoost charging solutions keep healthcare professionals charged up without the worry of their mobile device battery running low.
Have you or your organization adopted mobile health devices? And have you thought about supporting this trend by using Mobile Device Charging Stations for your organization?