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3 mobile health trends your hospital should look into

More hospitals are looking at mobile health technology to improve their operations and get patients involved with their health care. Here’s what you need to know about the latest trends in mobile health (mHealth) technology. 

463470131The market for mHealth devices has been growing steadily over the past year. There’s a lot of potential for mHealth devices to address specific medical goals and improve the quality of care hospitals provide.

They allows patients to connect more personally to their health care, while simultaneously allowing physicians and facilities to connect to their patients. All the new mHealth devices and applications for smart phones open up opportunities for hospitals to better educate patients about their conditions, track their symptoms and prevent potential readmissions.

As Fierce Mobile Healthcare reports, there are three mobile technologies in particular which are aiding facilities to improve care:

1. Mobile-location based services

Mobile-location devices and services allow hospitals to keep better tabs on their patients throughout their treatment — both inside and outside of facilities.

Allowing staff to track patients also helps them avoid basic mistakes that slow down operations — such as duplicating tests and reducing how often patients are mistakenly transferred to different rooms.

Ed Ricks, CIO of South Carolina’s Beaufort Memorial Hospital, found that implementing mobile-location technology helped the facility improve logistics for both staff and the patients by allowing them to see patients’ location, their medical status and their insurance coverage in real-time.

2. Mobile medical devices

Typical medical devices now have better wireless access and are becoming smaller and more portable. This gives physicians greater capability to deliver health care to patients regardless of their location — which, in turn, can help reduce things like costly readmissions.

The best benefit of mobile medical devices is that they help facilities adapt their care based on the patients’ conditions. For example: Mobile medical devices can allow patients to check their blood pressure and send information directly to their treating doctor. This can help patients manage symptoms from chronic conditions without having to wait for their next appointment to discuss their issues.

3. Patient portals

Patient portals are becoming more common, and the next stage of development will likely focus on giving patients mobile access to those portals. Some facilities have already begun implementing mobile access and are already seeing the benefits. The more ways patients can access the portal and their records, the more often they’ll use the portal.

This can help facilities educate and engage patients in their healthcare, which can help facilities earn incentives from government programs. It can also help facilities prevent dropped hand-offs and maintain accurate, up-to-date health records by allowing patients to edit their information.

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