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Clinical Mobility that Delivers Better Patient Care

Posted by Andy Tippet

February 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Zebra Technologies Corporation is proud to exhibit at HIMSS16. This year’s event takes place Monday, February 29 through Thursday March 3, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

At HIMSS16, Zebra will demonstrate our mobility platform that enables a host of solutions to improve patient care. Mobility today is one of the prevalent technologies in healthcare. Consider these statistics: 66% of physicians use some form of tablet or mobile smart device for medical purposes while over 65% of nurses note the same thing.  Mobility spend in healthcare in the US has increased from $2.9 billion in 2011 or over $5.4 billion projected for this year according to a report entitled Business Strategy-US Clinical Mobility 2011-2016 from IDC. The Staffing Stream, a media outlet covering mobility in staffing, notes, “A trend to watch in healthcare staffing is also mobility – but of a much different kind. Qualified occupational and physical therapists are finding their expertise enables them to leverage their mobility while expanding their professional expertise.  And in an article by Healthcare Informatics, “Mobile computing in healthcare is not a recent phenomenon—it’s an evolving one, and this especially holds true for nurses.  From beepers to computers on wheels to PDAs, a variety of mobile systems, with a range of nursing capabilities, have come down the pipe over the past few decades.

The power of mobility throughout the care of a patient affords the opportunity to strongly improve outcomes.  One example is mobile specimen collection. By moving the identification of patient samples to the bedside, to the point of care, greatly reduces the issue of misidentification of those patient samples.  Another solution is barcoded medication administration. Prior to administration of the drug, a clinician can use a mobile device to scan the medication delivering compliance with the five rights of medication administration. 

Mobile devices, in the form telecommunications, can foster greater staff communication leading to increased focus on the patient. Zebra delivers a host of mobile devices to enable these solutions including mobile printers, mobile data capture devices, and in the case of the MC40-HC, an all in one, scanner/mobile computer/phone that can serve as the foundation of a mobile platform. 

Additionally, Zebra provides software solutions as well including our Workforce Connect package that delivers on the promise of a truly unified enterprise device by adding powerful voice and messaging features to Zebra mobile computers,reducing the number of steps required to complete just about any task including communicating clinician care teams, and providing features that can easily added to meet new business needs tomorrow, and easily customize the experience for the specific needs of your workers.

These are just a few of the areas where mobility can provide an immediate and positive impact to patient care but Zebra’s mobile platform exists throughout the facility and in all aspects of not just patient care, but non-clinical operations as well.   

To learn more, stop by booth 3216 Hall D, at the show or visit zebra.com/himss2016.

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