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January 31, 2018

Your Mobile Strategy Needs an Update 

Here’s what you should be thinking about as you build your healthcare strategy to improve healthcare operations.

The adoption of mobile technology in healthcare continues to increase because it helps improve the patient journey, maximize productivity and help cut costs. According to a 2017 study conducted by HIMSS Analytics, nearly 80 percent of the 129 C-suite executives, clinicians, department heads and IT staff surveyed were using tablets, and 43 percent were using smartphones to access information necessary for providing and coordinating patient care. Among study participants, 77 percent were accessing clinical information with their smartphones, 71 percent were accessing electronic health records, and 66 percent were using their phones as an educational reference.

The organizations  that are seeing the most value from leveraging mobile technology are the ones that also implemented a strong mobile strategy: a strategy that supports mobile-related tasks and maintains alignment with organizational goals; one that improves consultative circumstances, if not for actual diagnoses. To fully realize the power of mobile technology, providers need to employ image sharing applications and workflows.

Healthcare organizations that use mobile devices for imaging sharing rely on fast, secure channels to move and manage patients’ records, including images. Because medical image files can be large and cumbersome, the demands of employing a solid mobile strategy include fast network speeds.

Here are some other things to consider while building a mobile strategy around image sharing:

  • Ensure that you have clearly-defined clinical workflows that cover the needs of various types of clinical users – ranging from radiologists to trauma staff to referring physicians – as each group has specific clinical needs for the data they share;
  • Employ an intuitive solution with tools that enable image manipulation for optimal viewing and review;
  • Focus on a design that maximizes low bandwidth of a hospital or health system’s mobile network as speed of delivery is critical to patient care;
  • Build it to be device-agnostic so that users can reformat images and present the data intuitively, regardless of screen size;
  • Confirm that it can deliver a complete image set through a trusted network to display the entire exam or image seamlessly, enabling physicians to quickly and efficiently formulate safe, high-quality care plans;
  • Make sure it is mobile-responsive for monitor of all sizes, smartphones, tablets and workstations, in order to assure reproducibility from any screen; and
  • Bear in mind that a strong mobile strategy is built to support an organization’s technological infrastructure; just because you can view it does not mean you should use it.

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Carlos Mejia

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