Mobility has changed the world, bringing speed and accessibility to the forefront of our lives. It’s improved the way we do most things, making it easier and more effective to care for ourselves and those around us. So if mobility is shifting the way we do things in everyday life, why shouldn’t it impact how clinicians care for patients also? That’s where clinical mobility comes into the picture.
Clinical mobility enhances the patient experience through the implementation of an electronic health records (EHR) extension and compatible mobile device. This is more than just providing clinicians with a mobile device and letting them roam free. It’s the utilization of mobile devices by clinical staff to elevate the point-of-care.
So, why should you consider implementing or enhancing clinical mobility at your healthcare organization? The answer is two-fold: it not only benefits the patient experience, but the clinical workforce experience as well.
How Clinical Mobility Improves Patient Experience
Elevates Delivery of In-Room Care
With clinical mobility, physicians and nurses can access records, take vitals, and review and update each patient’s record without ever having to leave the bedside. This not only increases the interaction time between your staff and patients, but also provides your staff with a streamlined approach to treating each patient. Staff is no longer required to leave a patient’s room on multiple occasions to retrieve information or updates on progress, review lab results, or access and notate general daily care information ultimately increasing focus on the patient.
Improves Patient Outcomes
The accessibility to a patient’s file improves the visibility into their changing or unchanging status, empowering clinicians to respond and treat more quickly and keep better track of a patient’s progress. Additionally, clinicians can prescribe, approve, and administer medications at the touch of a button, creating the opportunity to enhance and shorten a patient’s treatment plan safely.
How Clinical Mobility Improves Workforce Experience
Increases Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness
Clinical mobility reduces the amount of time needed for clinical staff to spend with each patient while simultaneously increasing the effectiveness of each patient visit. It allows staff to access patient medical records more quickly and easily which affects the way clinicians can update patient medical records, input vitals, and track a patient’s progress. Decision making often times happens in time-sensitive, pressurized environments and this kind of mobility allows decisions to be made more quickly and effectively.
Enhances Clinical Communication
Through the EHR extension, telephony capability, and overhead paging, multiple channels of communication can be combined into one, easy-to-access place that is with your staff 24/7. Clinical staff can make phone calls, send secure chats, notate patient records, and initiate overhead pages seamlessly from one device. This utilization provides staff within your organization various options depending on level of urgency to communicate internally across all levels (nurse to physician to transport) quickly and easily.
Integrates Clinical Platforms and Streamlines Devices
Clinical mobility doesn’t stop at the integration of communication platforms – it also combines multiple facets of a clinician’s rotation in a patient’s room. In one stop, clinical staff can check vitals, review other medical records, capture images, label blood samples, scan medication, and even schedule a patient’s transport for surgery. It provides your staff with a mobile device and platform that streamlines the various functionalities they must utilize during a patient visit into a single device. Additionally, this technology will continue to support you and your staff as needs and wants change. Applications, functionality, and capability can be added or removed when the time comes to continually grow and change with your organization.
Delivering safe and consistent patient care is a difficult task, especially with an everchanging world around us, but it is essential for the success of any healthcare organization. Clinical mobility enables your organization to support your workforce experience and promote the patient experience all while setting your organization up to evolve and grow as technology advances and patient demands change.
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