As the nature of the workplace continues to evolve dramatically, enterprise mobility figures largely into this shift of a new workforce trend that involves people working outside traditional office spaces, and even outside typical nine-to-five workday parameters. By using applications via mobile devices and accessing cloud services, professionals in a range of industries can conduct their daily business by accessing work related data from really anywhere in the world; obviously, the advantage to this is increased productivity and the ability to deal with any work situation immediately—and in real time. One area where enterprise mobility has proved particularly useful and cutting edge is in the field of healthcare, and specifically patient care.
Particularly important to any healthcare provider is having the capability of being able to consistently monitor patient information—vitals, medication, and especially any changing conditions—as well as respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies. Various sources report that an increasingly high percentage of health care providers are on board with enterprise mobility. They are regularly using; indeed, often depending on, mobile devices to access the critical patient data and information they need: Increased round-the-clock accessibility is now often expected.
Enterprise mobility becomes increasingly attractive as it is seen to be transforming healthcare clinics and practices by bringing information to the point of care. Doctors or practitioners can determine treatment and patient care from anywhere and at any time because they are receiving and communicating in real time. Specifically, this enhances workflow, facilitates faster decision making, better doctor-patient communication or interaction, and streamlines the providers’ workloads as well as collaboration and delivery of care as a team; the premise is that better information equals better communication equals efficiency and overall better treatment.
As companies or vendors seek to further introduce enterprise mobility into healthcare systems, security cannot be ignored. Apps do need to be vetted as able to be incorporated and managed safely and effectively, with no small amount of attention given to patient privacy and confidentiality. Well-designed healthcare apps continue to be developed and tested in order to effect all the benefits discussed above. Even better is the advanced research and technology that is enabling such apps to intuitively respond to data in appropriate contexts. As enterprise mobility takes over as the new norm, applications will enable increasingly simplified ways to enter, manage, and retrieve critical medical and patient data, transforming patient care decisions now and into the future.