How Mobile Technology Is Being Used In Healthcare Facilities: Zebra's 2022 Hospital Vision Study
Care providers have been placed under an inordinate amount pressure, these past couple of years. With unpredictable surges in admissions and record levels of understaffing crippling day-to-day operations, hospitals are turning to technology to automate tasks and free up time for clinicians to spend delivering first-class patient care.
This blog will explore Zebra Technology's latest Hospital Vision Study, and summarise key takeaways for hospitals considering digital transformation in 2022 and beyond.
Empowering Bedside Nurses With Agility
According to Zebra's Healthcare Vision Study, 97 percent of nurses will use mobile devices at the bedside in 2022, up more than 30 percent since 2017. This movement towards mobile enabled clinicians is helping nurses to be more agile within their day-to-day roles - making data more accessible, actionable, and verifiable.
The benefits of enabling nurses with mobile devices include:
Accessing, updating, and amending patient medical records, at bedsides, in real-time
Communicating information to other members of staff without being in close proximity to them
Avoiding medication administration errors
Streamlining patient handovers and improve clinical time management
Enhancing Staff Communications With Clinical-Grade Mobile Devices
According to The Joint Commission, and cited within Zebra's 2022 Healthcare Vision Study, 70 percent of medical errors are attributable to communication breakdowns. Given that information is having to be dispersed across a vast array of departments, including wards, emergency departments, operating theatres, intensive care units, and labs, the speed and accuracy of communications is critical to delivering positive patient experiences.
From a communications perspective, mobile devices are enabling healthcare facilities to benefit from:
Secure text messaging
Picture-taking of wounds/ skin conditions
Voice recognition dictation
Improving Patient Care By Making Data More Accessible
In Zebra's Healthcare Vision Study, 72 percent of respondents cited improved quality of patient care as a direct result of clinical mobility. These benefits largely revolve around reductions in medication administration errors, specimen labelling errors, and improvements to everyday patient care.
As long as hospitals are manually transcribing information, clinicians are restricted in their ability to communicate critical information quickly and accurately, and are reliant on repetitive manual workflows to keep track of items moving around facilities.
Mobile technology is making it simple for healthcare facilities to capture and communicate critical information, as well as streamline everyday tasks, to improve patient care.
Streamlining Clinical Workflows With Real-Time Location Systems
As referenced within Zebra's Healthcare Vision Study, RTLS (real-time location systems) solutions are streamlining clinical workflows across four key areas:
RTLS solutions are a combination of technologies that are used to track, manage, and monitor assets, in real-time. And, just as we stated in our blog about asset tracking solutions within healthcare facilities, hospitals are using real-time location system solutions to:
Automate inventory counts
Ensure medication and general asset lifecycles are automatically logged, alerting clinicians when shelf lives are nearing expiry
Eliminate the need for assets to be manually scanned
Deliver visibility of full asset journeys (from entry into hospitals, through storeroom movements, to point of care and beyond)
Locate critical equipment in real-time (to their exact spot within a ward or store)
If you are interested in deploying real-time locationing technologies into your healthcare facility, reach out to MiTEQ.
MiTEQ: Supplying Mobile Technology & Asset Tracking Solutions To Care Providers
The MiTEQ team have worked within and alongside NHS and Private Healthcare Trusts for several decades, helping the likes of IT, Operations, and Project Managers to invest in technology that will improve the tracking and management of their assets.
We can help you navigate new clinical systems, and adopt the right mobile technology to overcome challenges and elevate patient care.
The EPR Programme Manager at one NHS Healthcare Trust stated:
"Working to rollout an EPR system within our community hospitals, the speed and efficiency of suppliers has a direct impact on patient care. MiTEQ have proven a reliable and efficient solutions provider, supporting the provision of bespoke hardware to suit our unique requirements. MiTEQ continue to help us transform clinical workflows, and deploy mobility solutions with ease. I would highly recommend them as a technology provider for other NHS trusts.”