Tuesday 22 January 2013
NHS workers can use mobile working to their advantage, but only if connectivity is improved, it has been suggested.
The Department of Health's (DoH) National Mobile Health Worker study introduced mobile devices across 11 NHS sites over a 15-month period.
Employees with smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices were able to spend twice as long with patients.
Travel was reduced by one-third and workers had easy access to the information needed to deliver effective healthcare.
“In times of intense pressure to deliver good care within increasingly tight budgets, the potential savings that have been proven to be achievable by the introduction of mobile working cannot be ignored,” the report stated.
The DoH claimed there are no longer any cultural barriers to the adoption of mobile working devices.
However, in areas with poor mobile connectivity, the benefits of such solutions could not be realised.
"In many areas, the connectivity is not yet consistent enough to rely on," the DOH stated.
"This is an issue that extends beyond the reach of the project and will only improve as mobile infrastructure evolves."
Posted by Alex Boardman