Centric Consulting speaks with HealthTech Magazine about the challenges that come with integrating mobile technology into the healthcare space.
HealthTech Magazine recently talked to Centric ’s Dr. Marcie Stoshak-Chavez, an emergency physician and the healthcare practice co-lead, about the challenges of integrating mobile technology into the medical space.
“Nurses [are] becoming increasingly dissatisfied with old technology, such as landline phones, pagers and Voice over Internet Protocol pagers. While nurses have been using personal smartphones at work for several years, the potential for security breaches — e.g., through weak passwords, exposed text messaging and clinicians relaying phone images of X-rays to colleagues — has prompted hospitals to establish secure smartphone network platforms that incorporate voice, text messaging and video.”
Maintaining data accuracy is one of the biggest challenges doctors and nurses face as they introduce more and more mobile tech into their practices.
“‘Getting the right data on the right patient is another IT mobility challenge, as there are “tremendous issues with verification of patient identification and records,’ [says Marcie], who sees development of a unique patient identifier as a boon that ‘would assure that each patient’s records were uniquely theirs and allow collection from any source that could share data.’”