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Clinical Mobility at HIMSS

Posted by Andy Tippet

February 17, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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Clinical mobility is the term used to describe the use of a variety of mobile devices and unified communication platform by physicians, nurses, midlevel practitioners, and other allied health professional as they deliver care to their patients.  Clinical mobility is synonymous and used interchangeably with the term point of care, and because it contributes to improved patient care responsiveness, clinical accuracy, and workflow efficiency when implemented effectively it is transformational to the entire patient care delivery process. Clinical Mobility enables better collaboration between clinical staff, improves the workflows of healthcare personnel, and increases patient safety by bringing identification to the point of care. 

One of the critical opportunity points for clinical mobility is to improve staff productivity.  Nurses are overwhelmed by the overhead paging system, incoming voice communications and text messages, continuous stream of biomedical device alarms, and constant interruptions by colleagues, patients, and family members, which leaves them little time for direct patient care. This is where clinical mobility can make a real difference. 

At HIMSS 2017, Zebra will be focusing on clinical mobility in three different areas in Zebra’s HIMSS booth #2197.  The first area features two point of care solutions; mobile specimen collection and barcoded medication administration.  In both of these solutions a combination of mobile devices, barcoded labels and wristbands, software support packages, and services all combine to bring the identification of specimens and medications to the bedside, right at the point of care. 

The second key area of clinical mobility being shown at HIMSS in the Zebra space is clinical collaboration.  The ability for a clinician to instantly and easily communicate with other staff, whether it be 1 to 1, or 1 to many.  Whether it be secured text or voice, better staff communication can lead to better patient care.

Finally, there are critical workflows that lead direct to providing focused attention to specific patient needs.  One of the challenges for nurses is alarm fatigue.  According to one study, nearly 80% of alarms do not require an immediate response but how do clinicians know the difference.  There are several software packages, made for mobile devices, available that can do just that – determine which alarms need to be addressed immediately.  Zebra will be showing mobile devices that can support these alarm and alert applications. 

Zebra will also be showing new devices, new software and new services to better enable healthcare facilities to implement clinical mobility and enable point of care, clinical collaboration.  To see all of clinical mobility get a booth tour at #2197 on the HIMSS floor or visit us on zebra.com/healthcare.

Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, North America, HIMSS, Clinical Mobility