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Mobile Adoption is a Mixed Bag

Picture this.

You're a clinician at a leading health system.

You get a call from a nurse standing at an ICU patient's bedside.

You pull out your mobile phone—or any mobile device—and you call up your patient right on the screen.

You see everything that’s occurring in the moment.

You look at the streaming waveforms, the alarms, the data, because—for all intents and purposes—you carry those patient monitors in the pocket.

You are practically there at the bedside…even though you’re on another floor…in another facility…even in another city that may or may not be close by.

You can see invasive lines, respiration, SPO2, non-invasive blood pressure, you name it.

Whatever's happening to that patient, you're seeing it in near real-time…right on your device…right in your hand.

  • How does that impact the care you deliver?
  • How does that impact your patient's satisfaction?
  • How does that impact the cost of the care for your health system?

This isn’t science fiction. At least, it doesn’t have to be.

This happens from taking what’s possible today and implementing it. This happens when you have near real-time, actionable data in the hands of your nursing and provider staff, no matter where they are.

This is mobility today. Or at least it could be.

The thing is, as we continue to talk to many of our customers and prospects out in the marketplace, we're finding a mixed bag of adoption around mobility platforms.

EHR vendors are doing their part; Epic, of course has Haiku, Canto, and Rover.

But the EHR is designed for history. It’s a patient’s electronic health RECORD. What actionable data is in there—in the moment—for a specific use case or patient?

What’s needed is what has become a tired message for healthcare: Get the right information to the right person at the right time…

That right time is in the moment. And in the moment, too many clinicians lack instant, relevant information to make informed snap decisions.

Ultimately, this is the quandary where nurses and physicians find themselves today.

“Existing technology doesn't enable me to best do my job, and yet I have taken an oath to do what needs to be done at all costs to help this patient.”

All of this represents a big change in how mobility should be handled in healthcare. And, it can’t start with one person. It needs a groundswell. It needs clinicians to stand up with Hospital system CIOs…and yes…even vendors.

We all have a responsibility. We all have to do what needs to be done to help the patient.

For mobility in healthcare, that starts with some old-fashioned honesty…then discussion…then wholesale action.

Let’s be part of this…together.

What do you say?

Jason Dvorak

Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

Excel Medical

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