Nearly eight billion smartphone users on earth and one billion in North America alone are increasing the focus of technologists and businesses towards this high-tech mobility. Smart device applications are developed for nearly all industries that empower you to book a hotel or your next flight ticket by tapping on your smart device. Mobile technology is changing the landscape of all industries and healthcare is no exception.
Changes to reimbursement policies and the introduction of new harder to achieve incentive program, i.e. Promoting Interoperability (PI) have significantly increased healthcare cost in the United States. Healthcare facilities are leveraging mobile technology to cut down healthcare costs and keep their services affordable for as many Americans as possible. Now we will analyze some of the mobile technology benefits that helped to improve healthcare.
Benefits of Mobile Technology in Healthcare
Technologists have introduced a variety of mobile technology based solutions for the healthcare industry resulting in significantly improved patient care. Some proven benefits of mobile technology are discussed hereunder;
Access your EHR from Anywhere
Smart device applications like MTBC iEHR keeps providers connected with their EHR software all the time. Direct access to EHRs helps providers to improve care delivery. Such smart device applications empower the providers to access, review and edit the patient information from anywhere. Now they can even examine the lab test reports on the bedside of their patients through a smart device. Quality & timely access to critical healthcare information has significantly improved healthcare outcomes.
Telemedicine is an emerging field that is considered as the future of healthcare. This innovative technology helps the provider to conduct an appointment by video conferencing. Probably, the telemedicine session can never completely eradicate the importance of office visit, but it can significantly reduce the healthcare costs specifically in the case of common diseases. Telemedicine is also crucial to provide healthcare services to patients living in remote areas. This modern healthcare service saves the patient from cost and hassles of traveling to the provider’s office and waiting for their turn, while this remote appointment will also reduce the hassles of provider and helps them to reduce the office expenses. The reimbursement policies for telemedicine sessions are evolving, and the payers are working out to expand the use of this service.
Wearable Gadgets and Remote Monitoring
Mobile-technology is significantly reducing hospital stay time of patients, with wearable health monitoring gadgets, providers can discharge their patients earlier, and with the help of these smart gadgets, they remain updated with patient health every minute. Remote monitoring helps to cut-down the hospital stay expenses without compromising the care delivery. Wearable devices reduced per patient hospital charges by $92,317 in 6 months. Along with that, it reduced the hospital stay time from 14 days to 5 days on average and cut down the hospital visits by half. Now, wearable gadgets are also HIPAA compliant, and technologists have implemented biometric verification along with other security measures, so patients have complete control over their health information.
Leveraging mobile technology to reduce healthcare expenses is the right and most effective direction for healthcare facilities. Mobile computing, telemedicine, and wearable gadgets are some of the outcomes of this technology that are significantly reducing costs throughout the healthcare system while providing the same or better health care to the patients.