As the use of mobile apps becomes more prominent in healthcare, organizations must address how to integrate EHRs into the app mix to ensure seamless data sharing. In addition, they must take into account clinician workflow — especially what type of information is being viewed on what device — to ensure the most productive patient care protocol.
In this podcast, Angela Gosz, Business Development Manager for Lenovo at CDW Healthcare, shares her thoughts on these timely healthcare topics.
- 90% of physicians would like to see apps give patients the ability to upload data into their personal EHR files.
- The percentage of physicians using apps to actively engage in patient care has grown in the past year.
- Two in five nurse practitioners and physician assistants use tablets daily.
- 66% of doctors use iPads or other tablets for medical purposes.
In talking about this increased use of mobile devices by doctors and nurses, and how it impacts workflow, Angela notes: “A smartphone obviously is the ultimate in mobility. You can put it in your pocket, it weighs almost nothing. Sometimes, though, [clinicians] are going to require a larger screen and the ability to move that screen around. That’s where something like an all-in-one or a notebook with a monitor on a medical cart comes in — they can easily access that information but still have a full screen of viewing.”
EHR integration needs
And how exactly does screen size impact EHR access? According to Angela, screen size determines how fluidly clinicians can interact with an EHR application, and how accurately they can view and enter data, pointing out that “…you never want clinicians to have to scroll back and forth within an EHR menu, because not only is it inconvenient and time-consuming, it’s also dangerous from a PHI standpoint.”