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A Place for Mobile Devices in the Medical Setting
The use of mobile devices in the medical setting has grown significantly. In 2012, the percentage of physicians using tablet computers grew from 27% to 62%, where over half of the physicians used them at the point of care. As the technology continues to integrate with the needs of the healthcare industry, medical providers will be better equipped to manage patient care.
Benefits of Mobile Devices in the Medical Setting
Reduction in paperwork and improvement in documentation and patient charting
Access to information and improvement in care through time, energy and cost savings
Remote patient monitoring anywhere at anytime
Viewing patient information, lab results and images
Enabling and improving clinical decision-making
Improved communication between physicans and their patients
Empowering patients through personal health records (PHRs) and peripherial devices
Secure messaging between physicians
Reducing risk of data breach with data encryption
Applications of Mobile Devices for Patients and Providers
The application of mobile devices in the medical setting is not limited to healthcare providers. Patients have seen and will continue to find numerous and growing uses for medical devices that provide them with the ability to own and manage their personal health.
The following graphics provide a sampling of how mobile devices are benefiting both healthcare providers and patients.