Mobile technology has come a long way in recent years, and everyone from the average user to entrepreneurs and small business owners are taking advantage of the convenience it provides. As is usually the case with new tech, the healthcare industry has been looking at ways to adapt mobile technology to help streamline patient services.
Creating Mobile-Friendly Forms
One of the most significant inconveniences in the healthcare industry is the need for patients to complete stacks of forms. For every visit to an emergency room, doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital, some paperwork needs to be filled out. By making the forms mobile-friendly, patients can fill out the forms at any time before their appointment. The data is then transferred into the system with a few keystrokes.
Healthcare Apps Give Patients More Control
In addition to making forms mobile-friendly, more healthcare apps help patients stay more involved in their treatments and their overall quality of care. Apps track several factors for the patient, including their diets, physical activity, sleep quality, and monitor pregnancies in women. All of this data can then be used to help doctors offer more effective forms of treatment and can even be used to diagnose medical conditions earlier.
Adapting Existing Medical Buildings
While the idea of changing mobile technology to healthcare is exciting, it can also pose a physical problem. Most hospitals and clinics, for example, occupy older buildings that were constructed using dense materials. That means it may be necessary to make some alterations to the physical infrastructure to help promote better connectivity. When testing for connectivity, it’s essential to check for wireless signal strength in various areas of the facility. This will help determine both current and future needs, as far as what structural changes may be necessary and what hardware must be installed.
Once the facility is set up to optimize connectivity and patients have been made aware of the apps that can help them, the rest remains in the hands of the facility’s IT staff. It will be up to IT professionals to ensure that the facility’s own equipment, as well as personal devices used by staff and patients, can all connect to the network. As mobile use becomes more accessible in the healthcare industry, it will enable patients to receive more expedient care, which will lead to a better quality of care.
Robert Desai is an successful equities investor in Massachusetts, and also spent time in the medical field. Check out his investing website or follow him on Twitter for the latest healthcare policy blogs!