For medical professionals, the move to digitize medical
records is a big step forward. But by itself, it’s hardly enough. Doctors need
to have easy access to Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) wherever they are, from
any device—and they need this information to be secure.
By accessing EMR information from their PC, tablet, phone,
or browser, caregivers can save time and work more efficiently. They can also
communicate and collaborate more easily with colleagues and patients. All of
this adds up to better patient care.
Accessing EMR applications on their Windows mobile devices,
medical professionals can easily view their patients’ history and information
while on the go, helping them to make faster and better-informed decisions.
They can also see their schedules all in one place, saving them time searching
for information. This improves efficiency, allowing them to see more patients
while working the same or fewer hours. And because the Windows platform
provides powerful security and encryption features, caregivers don’t have to
worry about their patients’ medical records falling into the wrong hands.
With EMR applications together with Microsoft Lync on their
mobile devices, medical professionals can also communicate and collaborate with
their colleagues via video conference, instant messaging (IM), or audio. This
makes it easier to share real-time updates on a patient’s condition, make
referrals to other specialists, or obtain a second opinion. Using the
“presence” feature within Lync, caregivers can see whether their colleagues are
available or in a meeting. They can also communicate while on the go with
patients, responding more quickly to patient questions and better serving
patients in remote areas.
Patients, too, can view their EMR information from mobile
devices, enabling them to take a more active role in their own healthcare. Using
their Windows mobile devices, for example, they can quickly obtain lab results,
access educational content related to their condition, and even set reminders
for when to take their medication. Ultimately, this can improve both their
health and their satisfaction.
Way Healthcare is Delivered
Already, medical professionals from around the world are putting
mobile technology to use. At
Palmetto Health in Columbia, South Carolina, for example, physician Nick
Patel, MD, wanted an alternative to the computers on wheels found in most
hospital exam rooms. After researching mobile devices, he and other colleagues
at Palmetto Health decided to do all of their work on the Microsoft Surface Pro
The increase in productivity has been noticeable. “We’re getting better documentation of quality data and
it’s not taking all the time away from actually caring for the patient,” says
Tripp Jennings, a vice president at Palmetto Health. “The impact that has on an
organization is truly powerful.”
Located in the greater Seattle area, Pediatric
Associates also decided to employ mobile technology to improve its
healthcare delivery. The company’s pediatricians use an EMR app for Windows 8 on
Intel-based tablets, smartphones and other devices to access patients’ full
medical charts when conducting hospital rounds and responding to on-call
“It removes the
guesswork and takes the burden off the family to remember all the details of
the latest prescriptions or tests,” says Dr. Josephine Young, MD, MPH, a
pediatrician and chief operating officer at Pediatric Associates. “The doctor
can efficiently and accurately access the requisite medical information and
fully address the patient’s concerns regardless of the point of care.”
Mobile access to
EMR information is poised to alter healthcare delivery. As an increasing number
of medical professionals incorporate mobile devices into their daily routines,
both the quality of healthcare and patient satisfaction will surely grow.