At Mobius, we are committed to helping medical practices boost their EMR productivity with modern medical tools. That’s why for the past seven years we’ve kept a weekly blog to share emerging ideas about medical workflow and smartphones in healthcare.

We believe smartphones are a revolutionary clinical tool already owned by nearly every doctor. Whether you’re already using mHealth or new to thinking about the role of smartphones in healthcare, you’re bound to find a thought provoking idea on our blog.

Below are 10 articles about smartphones in healthcare. Each includes a brief description so you can decide if you’re interested in clicking through to the full article.

10 articles about smartphones in healthcare

1. What are the benefits of mobile devices in healthcare?

Smartphones and tablets are quickly becoming a mainstay in healthcare. Physicians point to three main benefits of mobile devices for their practice: better staff coordination, improved patient communication, and mobile access to EHRs.

Fun fact: A HIMSS survey of healthcare professionals found that 77 percent of respondents want their clinical communications solutions to integrate with workflow management and documentation.

2. 7 ways healthcare professionals use smartphones

How do healthcare professionals use smartphones? This article draws on research published in Pharmacy and Therapeutics to describe seven primary uses. We also include examples of popular mHealth apps for each use type.

Professionals use smartphones in healthcare to…

  • Manage information
  • Manage time
  • Access health records
  • Communicate
  • Reference
  • Monitor patients
  • Educate and train

3. Unrealized potential for smartphones in healthcare

As a whole, the primary use of smartphones in healthcare has been communication. While apps support a growing variety of other mHealth capabilities, their adoption remains relatively niche.

The culprit of this unrealized potential, according to recent report, is a lack of integration. Institutions are either using older devices that can’t integrate with mobile health platforms, or the platforms themselves aren’t fitting provider workflows.

Unrealized potential for smartphones in healthcare

4. The status of mobile health apps: 11 facts

Observers were impressed when the number of mobile health apps reached 100,000 in Q1 2014. Today, that number has more than tripled and stakeholders within the health industry are embracing mobile health solutions. This article summarizes 11 takeaways from the latest Research2Guidance report on trends in mobile health apps.

Fun fact: As of 2017 there were 325,000 health apps available for iOS and Android, which saw about 3.7 billion downloads in 2017 alone. That’s half as many health app downloads as there were humans on planet Earth.

5. Mobility in hospitals is key to better healthcare

In 2017 TechTarget’s Pulse ran a cover story about the infiltration of smartphones in healthcare as seen through the eyes of hospital CIOs. The takeaway? “Caregivers long tethered to computer workstations to view patient records and medical images enjoy new freedom with mobile devices.”

The article lays out trends that should be interesting to physicians and IT staff alike. Here are four takeaways from that story:

  1. Medicine is lagging behind other industries in the use of mobile devices
  2. Mobile device use in healthcare will become “invisible”
  3. Tablets fill an important RX for doctors
  4. IT pros are using new techniques to keep security under control

6. Best practices for smartphones in healthcare

Most doctors use a smartphones in their medical practice, which comes with big benefits and also some risks. Teams should implement best practices for mobile device security, develop codes of conduct for smartphone use, and leverage the full potential of smart devices to streamline clinical workflow.

Fun fact: According to a 2016 survey of physicians and students at three medical schools, at least 90% of current and future doctors own a smartphone. Of those with smartphones, 83% have used it in a clinical setting.

7. Should physicians use mobile EHR apps?

Mobile health (mHealth) takes many forms, but the fastest growing version looks like clinicians using a tablet or smartphone to do their job as a medical provider. According to a 2018 survey from Physicians Practice, 75% of their readers use mHealth on a weekly basis.

According to the survey, the most common use of mHealth is communication, followed by mobile EHR applications. Our article discusses three of the most common reasons that physicians find EHR apps useful:

  • Quicker and more accurate documentation
  • A coordinated care team
  • More efficient revenue streams

Should physicians use mobile EHR apps?

8. Are mHealth apps covered by HIPAA?

With hundreds of thousands of mHealth apps on the market, many Americans are using mobile devices to track and share information about their health and fitness. While some of this data qualifies as PHI, not all mHealth apps are HIPAA compliant. This raises an important questions for physicians: Are mHealth apps covered by HIPAA?

As we discuss in the article, the short answer is: “it depends.”

9. Apple vs. Android: Which device offers the best healthcare data security?

Smartphones and tablets are now an integral part of operations in many healthcare settings. But these devices also present serious challenges for data security.

This article presents 9 steps healthcare professionals should take to make sure they are adequately protecting patient information when accessing PHI from a mobile device. It also answers the question: Which platform is more secure – Apple or Android?

Apple vs. Android: Which device offers the best healthcare data security?

10. How physicians create value with Mobius Clinic

I sat down with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Casillas to discuss how he uses our medical workflow app Mobius Clinic at his practice in San Antonio. This is the final of three posts that tell the story of how a suite of software applications helped one physician make their practice more successful, efficient and fulfilling.

Dr. Casillas emphasizes three benefits of integrating mHealth, including some that are measurable and others that you “can’t put a dollar sign on.” Using Mobius to streamline clinical workflow has helped his practice achieve higher rates of reimbursement, instill an ‘esprit de corps’ in the medical team, and build patient trust.

Conclusion

Is it time for your practice to leverage smartphones as a valuable clinical tool? Mobius Clinic is the revolutionary app that’s proven to eliminate up to 70 percent of keyboarding and computer distraction from every patient visit. Sign up for a live demo and we’ll get you started with a 14-day free trial.

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