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Mobile device strategies catch on among hospitals

Ken Terry | April 20, 2017
A recent survey shows that more hospitals are developing mobile strategies, but there is still work to do on the implementation side.

Similarly, he says, voice recognition is starting to become good enough to be used with computerized provider order entry (CPOE) systems. Although it’s difficult to order drugs and tests on mobile devices using conventional CPOE, he says, he has seen a demonstration of software that could pull up the correct orders and even medication dosages based on voice commands.

There have long been mobile applications for medical reference guides and for tracking the routine tasks associated with rounding on and caring for patients. These are now essential tools for many busy doctors and nurses, Kuhen says.

The upsurge in mobile strategies has not solved the challenge of BYOD, which still presents security and access issues. But an increasing number of hospitals allow clinicians to bring their own devices to work, rather than requiring that they use the limited supply of hospital-owned devices, Edds says. “We don’t see a ton of pushback on BYOD. But it varies across institutions. Private hospitals are more apt to do it, public institutions are less.”

Kuhnen agrees that the acceptability of BYOD has increased, at least for physicians. The hospitals’ usual approach, he says, is to require the installation of mobile device management (MDM) software on personal devices. “The challenge is you can have only one MDM suite on a mobile device at a time, so if you have physicians who work for more than one organization, there’s a conflict on who gets to control that device,” he notes.


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