Mobile health technology is rapidly becoming the preferred way to receive healthcare services. Over 79% of Americans own a smartphone. People rely on mobile devices for easy provider access, telehealth appointment scheduling, medication management, and wellness tracking.
Patients aren’t the only ones who benefit from the use of mobile devices in healthcare. Hospitals, clinics, and providers can increase patient safety, medication adherence, and provide an overall better healthcare experience by taking advantage of mobile health technology.
Healthcare employees use personal devices for work more than ever, and this use grows, cybersecurity threats follow. Smartphone data breaches are increasingly common, and protected health information (PHI) is a top cyberattack target.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs pose significant risks for healthcare organizations if not implemented correctly without adequate security. Breaches due to device loss or theft, consumer cloud use, or other file sharing solutions are common.
Although some risks are associated with mobile technology’s rapid adoption, putting the correct safeguards in place, like secured networks and BYOD policies, ensures a smooth transition to the mobile health (mHealth) environment.
Scheduling patient appointments requires a significant amount of administrative work and coordination. The use of mobile devices in healthcare can simplify the scheduling process. Patients appreciate the convenience of booking appointments with the click of a button, and clinics save on the unnecessary costs of dedicating multiple staff members to answering calls and setting up appointments. Everyone wins.
2. Data Sharing
Hospitals and physicians understand that communicating vital health data is critical. Providers achieve the best possible outcomes when accessible and exchangeable health information accompanies patients through each stage of their journey.
Studies show that quality of care suffers when patients transfer from one organization to another. Hospitals and clinics that manually share data face multiple barriers, all of which can negatively impact patient outcomes. Manually sharing health data requires numerous contact points resulting in frequent transfer delays and data inaccuracies due to human error. The physical risk of data exposure is also significant.
Mobile devices streamline data sharing. Tablets and smartphones enable clinicians and nurses to update charts on the go and consult patient care plans without leaving the bedside. Mobile health technology also relieves the pressure on support staff and providers to manually monitor and maintain records, increasing efficiency, and decreasing human error risks.
3. Health Data Tracking & Communication
In the past, healthcare providers had limited access to patients and their health data. Thanks to mobile devices, this is shifting. Today, patients routinely use mobile health technology, such as smartphones, tablets, and wearables to track their vitals and monitor their health.
When under a doctor’s care, patients are happy to allow mobile device check-ins from their physicians and nurses. Mobile health solutions, such as mHealth apps, let patients and providers connect. This easy access enables physicians to be more active in managing patients’ conditions, positively impacting the overall quality of care.
4. Virtual Appointments & Remote Patient Monitoring
The COVID-19 pandemic gave virtual appointment and telehealth popularity a substantial boost. Telemedicine is expected to increase with the pandemic’s on-going disruptions to the traditional, in-person healthcare delivery model. Remote patient monitoring, a subcategory of telehealth, is also growing. It enables patients to use their mobile devices to enter and gather health data and transmit it to their providers.
Thanks to mobile health technology’s widespread use, physicians can easily monitor their patients’ conditions between visits. Providing such continuity is a big step to enhancing chronically ill patients’ quality of care. Wearable devices such as fitness trackers, wristbands, and watches play a critical role in making continuous tracking and monitoring of health data possible.
5. Patient Reminders & Medication Adherence
Research shows that only 50-60% of chronically ill patients adhere to medication requirements. Poor adherence to prescribed medications often results in negative patient outcomes, such as complications, increased healthcare costs, and even death. The management of chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension require long-term pharmaceutical interventions, and non-compliance is a significant threat to successful treatment.
Upon discharge from hospitals, providers struggle to ensure that patients take their medications as instructed. Doctors can keep patients on track by utilizing mHealth apps to send automated medication and refill reminders.
Telemedicine Is The Future
Hospitals recognize the many benefits of mobile device integration. However, some institutions remain reluctant to take the leap and tap into the technology, citing security risks as the primary concern.
Data breach risks are significant, given the highly sensitive nature of PHI. Healthcare facilities are also concerned about unsafe mobile applications and compromised devices. Some institutions avoid mobile device integration due to the high costs associated with traditional security solutions like Mobile Device Management (MDM).
However, healthcare organizations can effectively mitigate risks and save money by relying on a Virtual Mobility Solution (VMS) and implementing a VMS yields significant cost savings by reducing healthcare staff administrative burdens and lowering IT overhead.
Hypori Virtual Mobility™ makes telemedicine safe and accessible to hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Hypori® delivers 100% separation of mobile device and organization data and leaves zero footprint. This next-gen technology gives providers full access to patient records, charts, and other important information without putting it at risk. Because an organization-owned data center stores all patient records, charts, and other health information, there is no risk of attack, leakage, or compromise. No data is ever at rest on the mobile device. Hypori allows employees to use their own devices, eliminating additional hardware, leading to wider BYOD adoption and lower healthcare organizations’ costs.
A virtual mobility solution like Hypori® solves problems that can hinder even large-scale telemedicine adoption. Hypori enables HIPPA compliance and delivers employee-friendly, centrally managed, budget-conscious BYOD to healthcare organizations nationwide. With Hypori-powered telehealth, providers and can easily transition to telemedicine delivering the highest levels of patient care. Healthcare organizations will reduce costs, eliminate administrative and IT responsibilities, and enjoy enterprise-wide data security.