First up in this week’s nursing news is a look at what some healthcare systems are doing to bring smartphone connectivity into the healthcare workplace to help nurses improve patient care. An article over at MobiHealthNews.com looks at a recent study of self described “tech-savvy” nurses who say that half of their hospital systems are evaluating enterprise mobile systems using smart phones.

Phones Connect With Other Devices

Stethoscope_world_tabletThese systems would replace the pagers, cordless phone systems currently in use with smartphone devices that would enable secure messaging between users, access to patient chart information and integrate with other segments of hospital information systems. The newer systems offer connectivity with patient monitors, direct patient viewing, patient communications, and coordination with devices like infusion pumps and more.

Experts say aspects of the Affordable Care Act are partially driving the change as hospitals are being measured on quality and outcomes of care. While physicians often shape policies like the use of smartphones in the healthcare workplace based on the desire to use their own devices, nurses are often left out of the integration plans, but they still use their devices to assist in patient care. New programs will either provide nurses devices to use for work or will integrate applications that can be used with a personal device like an iPhone or Android device.

The study’s authors say that they expect the next 18 months to be integral in the implementation of these programs. Are you seeing these types of systems being used more in your hospitals? I’d love to hear from you. Shoot me an email to NursingShow@gmail.com and let me know. Maybe I can share your comments on a future episode.

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Code Sepsis and Infection Management Part 1 and Episode 290.

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