We all know that mobility is changing the world, from the way we think to the way we work, live, communicate, and more. And that mobility is not stopping when it comes to healthcare. Unfortunately, regulations such as HIPAA and HITECH are speedbumps in the adoption and proliferation of mobility in healthcare (including the acceptance of telehealth initiatives). In fact, HIPAA may need to be “updated” to take into consideration the changing environment that is storming through the healthcare industry. Nonetheless, healthcare leaders are continuing to evolve their IT mobility strategy. Spok, Inc. recently revealed the results of its survey regarding mobility strategies in healthcare:
91% of those surveyed said their physicians are allowed to use their own mobile devises at work; compared to 50% of nurses and 18% of housekeeping staff.
78% of respondents claimed to have goals in place to improve physician-to-physician communications as well as nurse-to-physician communications.
78% of those surveyed stated they support smartphone use, but only 8% support smartwatches/wearables.
63% of respondents claimed to have a mobility strategy in place – up from 44% in 2014.
62% stated smartphone and tablet users have access to EMRs.
58% of those surveyed said they have goals in place to improve alarm fatigue; 68% stated they are making improvements to nurse call and patient monitoring alerts to mobile devices.
54% noted that their workplace experiences challenges with its infrastructure-WiFi coverage; 47% claimed to experience trouble with cellular coverage.
43% of respondents stated data security poses a challenge.
15% of those that do not have a mobility strategy in place named budget constraints as the reason; 30% said they didn’t’ know why; 17% have a verbal strategy but nothing in writing.
With mobility at the forefront, today’s healthcare organizations are starting to be driven by the application economy. Security is obviously a huge consideration when considering enterprise mobility options and alternatives. Indeed, managing mobility within the healthcare arena is complex. However, the reality is that it’s set to become even more complex as the Internet of Things and the proliferation of connected devices gathers pace and momentum. Mobility is fast becoming to be no longer an option for the hospital or medical practice. It’s essential and the time to start getting it right is now.