For the past few decades, strides have been made in the medical health practices when integrating mobile technology. However, recent reports have shown that the implementation has not been as widespread or popular as expected. This is largely because businesses are having difficulties overcoming some challenges to their adoption.
Only half of hospitals will invest
According to Spyglass Consulting, more than 70 percent of all treatment delays in the medical field are due to a breakdown in communications. That breakdown can be easily overcome with the adoption of mobile medical equipment, which can often help nurses improve their care abilities. Despite this improvement, not enough hospitals are deploying such technology.
While many hospitals aim to improve their nurses' abilities in the field by putting new practices into place, their investments have been low so far. About 51 percent of hospitals plan to invest or evaluate current smartphone solutions in the next 18 months. Smartphones help nurses because they are intuitive and offer a wide variety of apps that have benefits for this field. Despite their employers' shyness toward the technology, many of these nurses are using their own phones. Two-thirds of hospitals reported their staff nurses using personal phones to support their clinical communications.
A major reason smartphones aren't being adopted is due to the potential for security problems. Almost 90 percent of hospitals have had concerns about the potential for viruses or malware in adopting such tech.
Cost, value also roadblocks
Fierce Mobile Healthcare added that hospitals have more pressing concerns than just security. Costs have been cited as the biggest challenges for further implementation of such features, though many doctors are concerned about their ability to use mobile tools in the future as well. A number of doctors have fears that the tech will allow government officials to gain more control over their practices, while others believe there are few benefits unless they see evidence of an improvement in return-on-investment.
At the same time, certain features have intrigued shoppers. Secure texting, access to patient portals, medical diagnoses and mobile health record access have all been cited as improvements that would improve doctors' opinions.
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