Mobile technology has the ability to completely transform our healthcare experiences for the better – for both the healthcare provider and the patient. On any given day, there are hundreds of patients waiting to see healthcare professionals, all with unique health histories and suffering from differing ailments.
Too often, though, clinicians have been confined when caring for patients. Static workstations have forced them to backtrack between bed and station in order to access the information they need – preventing them from providing quality bedside care to patients.
Mobilization of the industry has allowed for clinicians to control how, when and where they deliver care.
Mobile computing places control at the fingertips of the clinician, giving them immediate access to vital, up-to-date patient information right at the bedside. This continuous, secure access to clinical systems and patient data, allows clinicians to make better informed decisions and enables the sharing of patient information and collaboration with care teams to deliver enhanced coordinated care.
The improved flexibility that mobility brings also allows for quicker response to patient needs. No matter where a care provider is – inside or outside the hospital environment – they are able to review patient information and consult remotely on work and personal devices through secure apps.
The flexibility of Citrix’s cloud and virtualization products allow hospitals to stay within their budgets and become more versatile in what they deliver.
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is a Canadian hospital that tackled tight budget constraints by leveraging the Citrix Workspace Suite, rather than implementing a new infrastructure. Not only were they able to adhere to financial restrictions, but by leveraging Citrix technology, they have also been able to introduce a new revenue stream for the hospital. Earlier this year, HHS launched its IT department-as-a-Service, offering their technical expertise to smaller hospitals and healthcare organizations that don’t have the available resources to rebuild their own IT infrastructures to meet increasing IT demands.
Healthcare providers that actively merge technology into their day-to-day practices can improve patient care and generate additional gains in the process.
In Citrix’s 2020 Technology Landscape report, both clinicians and patients are seen to be truly embracing the Internet of Things – combining mobile computing with virtualization and a cloud-based infrastructure to create a more engaged healthcare system. Dubbed “Healthcare of Things,” IoT will improve future patient health through ‘things’ that provide chronic disease monitoring, prescription monitors and therapy providers.
In short, mobile technology is paving the path to a future where patients make healthier choices and enable care providers to have a better sense of their patients’ health. And, in turn, IT departments are turning into resources that enable seamless care and are a source of reliable revenue.