There is now interest in nurses using iOS devices (iPad®, iPhone®) from an unexpected source. IBM has just announced MobileFirst for iOS in Healthcare. The Apple-IBM MobileFirst for iOS is an enterprise partnership first announced in July of 2014. These apps are the first foray of this fledgling partnership into the healthcare field. The partnership brings IBM’s big data and analytics knowledge and experience to the iPhone® and iPad®.
The Hospital RN app for iPhone frees staff nurses from multiple pagers and phones, and gives them the ability to access any patient’s records from anywhere in the hospital. With iBeacon technology, Hospital RN accurately identifies patients by location so nurses can easily access their records and provide appropriate care. Push notifications on iPhone display patient requests, lab status, safety alerts, and prioritized task lists for immediate disposition. Hospital RN gives nurses the power to spend less time tracking down information and more time caring for patients.
The Hospital Tech app for iPhone keeps nurse technicians closely connected to their care teams, so patient tasks are handled quickly and safely — and help is always a swipe away. Hospital Tech provides a real-time view of lab status, safety alerts, patient requests, and delegated tasks by accessing the hospital’s systems of record so nurse technicians always know exactly where to go and what to do. When shifts change, the next nurse technician is ready to hit the ground running. Hospital Tech brings patient data together seamlessly in a simple, elegant user interface — providing a whole new level of care to the patient.
The Hospital Lead app for iPad has all the information charge nurses need right at their fingertips. Push notifications deliver escalated tasks efficiently, so they can be assigned to a staff member with a tap. Prioritized task lists allow issues to be reported, delayed, delegated, or marked complete. And the intuitive dashboard combines multiple hospital databases into a single view, which makes complex actions like patient discharges easy. Hospital Lead and iPad bring mobility and new decision-making power to charge nurses, making caseload management more efficient than ever.
Home RN for iPhone helps nurses deliver great quality of care outside the hospital. iPhone and iOS make it easy for nurses to add photos, videos, text, and audio notes to the patient’s record. Push notifications to the patient’s care team make sharing progress simple and fast. Location-based services built into iOS help nurses find patients’ homes and nearby pharmacies, urgent care centers, and labs. Home RN ushers in a whole new way to deliver home health care without all the paperwork, in a completely mobile workflow. And both the nurses and patients benefit from a faster, more efficient process, which even helps reduce readmissions.
After reading this announcement the following questions remain:
Can these apps interface with existing electronic health record systems?
Can they be used across iOS devices?
Will we see multiple healthcare apps on providers’ devices to help them make their workday more productive (medication reference apps, MobileFirst apps, Voalte One, etc.)?
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