The United States trend toward wireless, efficient technology has made its way into the medical field. This is understandable, as the internet, and all that goes with it, is an inescapable and inexorable part of society today. New advances in mobile technology have revolutionized the healthcare industry, making better care possible and expected.
With flexible mobile technology, devices can break through former design flaws that made devices bulky or otherwise awkward to use effectively. In the medical field, having tools that are easy to use could be the difference between saving a life or not.
Benefits of Flexible Mobile Technology
This growing form of technology allows for better communication between medical professionals—an essential aspect of properly performing their fast-paced job. Rather than a doctor or nurse having to run to a nurse’s station to use a desktop computer to communicate or gather information about patients, mobile technology, like computing carts, allows for instant access to communication and information databases.
Whether it’s a portable, battery-powered medical cart or a handheld smartphone close at hand, immediate access to technology has changed the face of medical care for the better.
Mobile Healthcare Applications
Applications (or apps) that can be used by healthcare providers are on the rise. For example, peak flow monitoring for asthmatic patients has been assessed by clinical studies as a highly effective means of understanding and treating this pulmonary disease.
A handheld, electronic peak flow monitor is easily stowed in a purse or backpack and used at regular intervals to record an individual’s forced vital capacity (or the amount of air an individual can expel from their lungs in one quick exhalation) in a real-world setting.
In clinical research trials, mobile electronic peak flow meters are often used in conjunction with Phase III trials to keep a running record of patients’ breathing throughout an investigational drug study. Without this technology, such data gathering would not be possible outside of the medical premises. Without this form of technology in the healthcare field overall, advances in medical care would be unable to move beyond the stationary desk.
Improvements in Time Management
Flexible mobile technology has given medical professionals the ability to dictate patient visits or other important information immediately with voice recognition software.
In cases of lesser-known diseases or conditions that require research and collaboration with medical professionals outside the hospital grounds, the ability to take pictures, record data, and upload that information to cloud-based storage is revolutionary.
Cloud-based storage can also improve efficiency within a medical facility. Professionals can save data at any time and access it from multiple platforms as the need arises.
Medical Records Access
In a pinch, flexible mobile technology allows medical professionals to quickly gather information on a patient without having to run back to the nurse’s station.
Some applications provide access to medical records (adhering to HIPAA regulations), while others allow the administration side of the medical facility to oversee scheduling and patient billing quickly and efficiently.
This technology makes the lives and jobs of those in the medical industry easier, and it allows medical staff to offer better customer service and patient care. If a receptionist or medical assistant can schedule a patient’s next visit in the exam room, for instance, they can help save time on both sides of the clinic-patient spectrum.
In the Exam Room
Every medical office has its own methods for providing care, but nearly all rely on medical carts. For flexible mobile technology includes medical computer carts that allow medical professionals to bring their computer system around the facility.
A mobile medical cart is an essential tool in the medical industry, and finding the right cart for one’s needs is not always easy.
Most mobile carts have yet to overcome the almost debilitating problem of consistently running out of power. An efficient medical cart battery offers a cart power supply that can last throughout an entire shift (which can last from 10-12 hours) and is easy to replace.
Medical Cart Power supply
Flexible mobile technology requires flexibility within the power systems for medical mobile carts. That’s why Scott-Clark Medical offers power systems that can accommodate hot-swap replacement batteries and on-cart charging systems.
The important electronic devices on your medical cart shouldn’t be compromised by inefficient, unreliable, or burdensome batteries. Our lithium-ion batteries are designed to be recharged, in contrast to older lithium battery models.
Safety with Flexible Mobile Technology
Mobile technology can make the future of healthcare more efficient and patient-centric, but it should also make healthcare safer and more effective for patients. Medical carts equipped with key locks and keeping equipment up-to-date with UL 60601-1 compliance are ways to keep your clinic moving into the future, safely.
Flexible mobile technology is a site of constant innovation in the medical industry. Finding the right equipment and applications is important for leveraging new technology to improve patient outcomes.
To learn more about mobile medical carts and how flexible power systems can help your healthcare facility, call Scott-Clark Medical at (512) 756-7300.