Implementing a clinical mobility solution is a great way to improve clinician efficiency and support better patient care. With real-time access to patient data, the ability to collaborate with peers on a moment’s notice and the capability to effectively manage patient alarms, a mobile clinician is an empowered clinician. But there is a wide range of factors to consider before choosing your devices and starting your rollout. And these decisions can have a significant impact on the overall effectiveness of your mobile solution—from both an efficiency and patient safety perspective—not to mention its initial and ongoing costs.
Finding the right solution requires a strategic approach and a careful evaluation of your facility, workflow, and processes to determine the right combination of capabilities and features.
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For example, before you even consider what types of mobile devices you’ll be using with your mobility solution, there’s a lot of planning to be done. How will the solution integrate with existing systems (e.g., your EHR) and your existing workflows and protocols? What are the mobile communication needs you’re addressing? How will you manage alerts and alarms? How will you roll out the solution to your team? How will you ensure compliance with HIPAA for all channels of communication?
When it does come time to select your mobile devices—which is integral to the success of your mobility solution—there are basically three options: enterprise devices, consumer devices or a “bring your own device” (BYOD) approach. While the lack of initial capital outlay may make a BYOD approach appealing, you have to look at TCO over the long term.
And before deploying any type of mobility solution, you’ll need to develop and publish a facility-wide policy that identifies appropriate end-user usage models for hospital and personally owned mobile devices. You’ll also need to consider training programs and a support/help system for your users.