As technology advances under our very noses, it can be a challenge to keep up. However, as a healthcare professional, it is your duty to make sure you are keeping up with the times and utilizing science and technology to advance the field and help your patients.
By now, you’ve probably noticed that there are mobile apps for just about everything from games to calendars to note-taking. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that there is a plethora of handy healthcare apps that will make your job as a nurse or other healthcare worker just a bit easier. Here are the best ones that we’ve found.
This app was created to simplify and streamline clinical communication within the healthcare facility. Messages can be sent to others, which can then be updated as they are delivered and read. App users can also organize messages according to priority. All messages are sent securely, so you don’t have to worry about confidential information getting out.
Spok also offers a few other features like allowing provider preferences regarding procedures as well as scheduling capabilities. The app can be integrated into HER systems the hospital is already using, which makes using the app very simple. The app can be accessed from nearly any mobile device, including smartwatches.
AirStrip and AirStripOB/Cardiology
AirStrip is a mobile app that does it all. Its essential function is that of coordinating care between devices and settings. The app is able to easily collect data from a variety of sources and put it all into one place. Medical devices, electronic health records, and health information exchanges all contain information that can be merged into one place with this app. This makes it easier for healthcare providers to access pertinent information from their own device, bypassing the need for multiple care settings and devices.
The PatientTouch System app connects direct clinical information to management systems. With this app, various care teams are able to connect with each other to coordinate communication and patient care. Scheduling, workflow, and care are all connected. This means that healthcare workers have all the necessary information in one place. In turn, care becomes easier and more streamlined. Another feature of PatientTouch is the ability to create assignments for all roles, groups, and individuals in a particular system. The user-friendly dashboard provides analytics regarding data, usage, and high-risk patients.
This app is marketed more for patients than healthcare workers like nurses and doctors, but it is still extremely helpful for these workers. The app acts as an individual triage; patients put in their symptoms or conditions and receive in-depth guidance for what to do next. For example, the app will let the user know if their current condition requires emergency attention and even gives detailed GPS navigation to the nearest provider. The user can also put in their health insurance information and receive a comprehensive map denoting locations of facilities within their network. Patients are also able to review claims and keep their health information securely stored. The app is run by Aetna and is free to download for patients covered by this insurance company.
The PatientKeeper Computerized Patient Order Entry (or CPOE) system has found a new platform as a mobile app. The app integrates smoothly with the familiar system that many facilities already use. Through the app, providers can make orders for lab work, X-rays and other scans, as well as medication for patients. To simplify things, providers can also tag procedures and medications as “favorites” so as not to waste time searching for them each time a patient needs it. This is especially helpful for patients with chronic conditions that may require the same care over and over. PatientKeep is an app that prevents the need for constant telephone calls and extension patch-throughs; instead, the app allows for communication, organization, and storage of test results and health record information.
Epic Systems, MyChart Mobile
Another app for patient use, MyChart is available for accessing important data from previous visits to healthcare providers. Information about tests, scans, shots, medications, and diagnoses can be inputted by the provider for the patient to be able to view on their own time. With the app, patients are also able to confirm appointments, upload personal health-related data, and even pay bills. Since this app is made for patients, it is incredibly user-friendly and easy to figure out. Providers will also find the app useful, as they are able to make and confirm schedules with patients without having to make phone calls.
There are so many apps out there to make the lives of patients and providers easier. When choosing an app for your facility, or when recommending them to patients, make sure that your team is on board and that you’ve all had time to work out any kinks that may arise. Preventing technical issues will make the transition to mobile apps even easier.