A growing number of doctors are bringing mobile technology into their practices as a way to manageably keep up with healthcare reform. The federal government has created incentives programs that encourage doctors and hospitals to invest in health IT tools that could help them make decisions that result in better patient outcomes, increase workflow efficiency and reduce costs.
However, many doctors find it can be time consuming to enter notes into their electronic health record systems (EHRs) manually after leaving appointments, according to EHR Intelligence. To avoid bottlenecks, many physicians are investing in tablets that can be carried with them and updated seamlessly as they make their rounds.
Mobile EHR solutions can save money
Mobile devices are now viable solutions for the healthcare industry as developers have created programs, applications and security measures that help practitioners participate in EHR Incentive programs. Many younger doctors have adopted these devices more readily than older providers having grown up in a digital age, taking notes on laptops instead of notebooks.
A recent study by Deloitte found that the benefits of making the switch could be far reaching. The report revealed that when productivity gains, logistical improvements and better communication methods are accounted for, healthcare providers could save approximately $305 billion by moving to mobile, as highlighted in a separate article by the source.
Is iPad mini the perfect fit?
Given the advantages of using mobile technology, and especially tablets, it makes sense that doctors are taking interest. If facilities have a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, but don’t supply the technology, some physicians are even using their own money to invest in tools that will improve their workflows, the media outlet adds. This is a trend that could quickly gain popularity thanks to the introduction of the iPad mini.
However, portability can also present challenges. Practices must have a plan in place to avoid security issues. Because systems aren’t tethered to a desk or heavy IT equipment, they could be picked up by an unauthorized party and patients’ private healthcare records could be exposed. With adequate planning and training, practices can keep confidential documents private and mobile devices safe.