Burwood Group - The New Era of Unified Clinical Communications

Some caregivers have long used smartphones and tablets for basic aspects of clinical care, such as texting and emailing. However, the lack of integration with clinical workflows and electronic medical records has prevented more widespread adoption of mobile clinical communications. The good news is that today’s mobile clinical devices are smarter than ever, and, when implemented in conjunction with a clinical communications strategy, can empower caregivers and patients alike, improve outcomes, and boost efficiency.

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Healthcare organizations have greater incentive than ever to harness technology that will streamline clinical communications as the industry adopts value-based purchasing under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). With the evolution of The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals and technology funding available through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), hospitals are actively seeking new approaches to improving effectiveness and efficiency.

Keywords: 
mobile health, clinical informatics