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Real-Time Medical Diagnoses: Mobile Technology Improves Patient Care

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The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMA) predicts that the U.S. will face a shortage of more than 91,000 physicians by 2020.  The good news is that mobile technology is transforming the delivery of medical care, streamlining collaboration and making it easier to get a high level of patient care and expert medical diagnoses even given the projected shortage of doctors.

For example, Michael is a doctor at a clinic in rural Minnesota. Carol, a local resident, fell down a flight of stairs and is in his office with severe back pain. Concerned that she may have suffered a spinal injury, Michael wants to consult a spine specialist at a large hospital 250 miles away.

Luckily for Carol, the clinic uses kiteworks by Accellion, allowing the lab technician at the clinic to instantly upload and share Carol’s test results and back images with the specialist. On the receiving end, the specialist is notified that the files are ready to review, analyzes each and determines that Carol requires surgery. Within the span of 30 minutes, Carol has received a diagnosis from one of the leading spinal experts – located more than four hours away. Additionally, all of the data shared was compliant with HIPAA and HITECH regulations, ensuring the security of Carol’s personal health information (PHI).

Thankfully, many hospitals are well on their way to leveraging the power that mobile devices have on improving medical staff’s productivity. The third annual HIMSS Analytics Mobile Survey results revealed that:

  • Nearly all of the survey respondents supply mobile technology to clinicians, most often laptops (87%), workstations on wheels (81%) and smartphones (69%).
  • 69% of physicians use mobile technology to view patient data, such as a lab result or digital image.
  • 64% used mobile technology to look up non-PHI health information, such as clinical guidelines.

This is all great news, but there is definitely room for expanded mobile use, as the survey went on to show that:

  • A mere 21% use mobile technology to analyze patient data.
  • Only 36% use it to collect data at the bedside.
  • Clinicians are most likely to access key clinical systems via a mobile device through the Internet using VPN.

For most medical teams, the mobile devices are in place, as are the recommended security measures. The HIMSS survey revealed that 94% of respondents have implemented password protection (94%) for mobile devices; 71% use encryption and 69% have remote wipe capabilities.

Now, it’s time to take patient care, physician collaboration and mobile productivity to the next level by enabling medical teams to connect in real-time with staff in other locations; record notes on any type of device; and access and analyze patient health information for faster diagnoses. Imagine the possibilities. We invite you to learn more about how kiteworks Team Starter is leading the way for medical teams to deliver improved patient care through the use of mobile file sharing and collaboration http://www.accellion.com/kiteworks-for-medical-teams

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