Research: New Uses for Mobile Devices in Healthcare

Mobile Applications for Medical Practice and Hospital Management

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Yesterday, we announced the release of the final series of our healthcare research. Throughout the rest of this week, we’ll preview what these documents contain.

The wonderful thing about tablets such as the iPad is that they are so consumer-friendly. In environmental scans released in late 2011, our research showed that 80 percent of medical professionals used smartphones or tablets in the workplace.

“Healthcare is a fundamentally mobile process,” according to Maryland neurologist Andy Barbash. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals move among and between rooms and buildings. Having a mobile device would be great so that medical personnel wouldn’t be tethered to a laptop or desktop computer in the room sometimes facing completely away from the patient.

However, Float senior analyst Dr. Gary Woodill, Ed.D., and Float managing director Chad Udell write in a recently released environmental scan that even with mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) policies and provisions in place, the devices are still mobile and untethered, meaning would-be thieves could commandeer them by simply slipping the device into a purse or backpack before leaving the building.

Another reason healthcare professionals may resist mobile devices within the hospital and medical settings is that the iPad is not considered a “primary display device.” In other words, the resolution is not up to par with what is required by the industry. The iPad lacks significantly behind in spatial and brightness resolution. Even the new iPad isn’t expected to match these resolution standards.

With regard to applications, our research indicates more exist for medical practices than for hospitals. Float describes several functions of mobile apps for hospital management that may be developed in the near future:

  • Hospital information
  • Hospital financial transactions
  • Electronic medical/health records (EMR/EHR)
  • Patient information management
  • Administrative functions
  • Coordination and collaboration
  • Access to medical information

Medical practice management apps outnumber hospital management apps. This environmental scan notes that 53 percent of doctors with smartphones use apps in clinical practice, according to a survey of orthopedic surgeons. Additionally, more than 95 percent of respondents said they would pay an average of nearly $30 for useful apps.

Examples include apps for coding, billing, fulfilling prescription refills, finishing dictations, and more. Float surveys 10 other apps, as well.

To download Mobile Applications for Medical Practice and Hospital Management, visit our mHealth page. All six of Float’s environmental scans related to healthcare and medicine documents are available at a discount.

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Adam Bockler is the communications manager for Float, responsible for all of Float's marketing initiatives. In addition, Adam is a certified DDP Yoga Level 1 instructor, a certified personal trainer, a martial arts instructor, and a graduate of the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy.

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One Response to Research: New Uses for Mobile Devices in Healthcare

  1. Hi Adam,
    I have read the article, and I want to say thanks to you for exceptional information on Mobile Device Management (MDM) in healthcare. Very helpful and factual information! Thanks so much for sharing.

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