It’s no secret that mobile technology has revolutionized the way we live and work. Whether it’s entertainment, personal finances or shopping, mobile tech is increasingly integrated into our daily life.
This trend also includes healthcare, with more nurses, doctors and patients than ever before using mobile tech to boost outcomes for consumers and improve productivity for operators.
Mobile tech is available in many forms, including smartphones and tablets, GPS technology and even remote sensor devices for patients, one thing is clear — mobile tech will dramatically alter the healthcare landscape and has big implications for healthcare organisations.
Technology on the move
Healthcare-oriented apps are one recent example of how the sector is going mobile. These apps commonly fall into two categories — wellness applications like pregnancy trackers and fitness planners used by consumers, and medical apps for health professionals.
Location-based content delivery is another cutting-edge mobile technology aimed at improving healthcare for users and healthcare organisations. Consumers and physicians receive relevant information via mobiles to enhance treatment, patient feedback and convenience.
Mobile devices that collect data are also booming. Many companies offer devices, including wearable sensors and monitors, that connect with mobiles to complement traditional equipment used in hospitals, labs and doctors’ offices, like ultrasound machines and heart-rate monitoring devices.
Healthcare organisation benefits
For the healthcare industry, the upside of more mobile technology is clear. One major advantage is that physicians can remotely contact experts in other locations and time zones for real-time monitoring of and treatment for patients.
Another benefit to business is better analytics and data. Improved data quality sourced from mobile devices gives industry players deeper and broader metrics for product research and development, which can help reduce costs.
For patients, mobile is changing diagnosis and treatment. It helps to empower users, with smartphones giving people more information about their own health. It also allows patients to perform ’lab tests’ and spot potentially debilitating diseases without the need to visit a healthcare facility.
Safe and secure
Like all technology-based innovations, security has to be a top priority. This is especially the case in healthcare, given the private and sensitive data involved.
That’s why it’s important for companies looking to move into the sector, or integrating mobile tech into their operations, to set up robust cybersecurity systems.
Precautions include employing high-level encryption, developing an internal application policy and establishing solid user authentication controls. With such measures in place, patients can enjoy the benefits of mobile technology with peace of mind.