The smartphone is changing our lives. Patients and healthcare staff alike are getting used to the power and ease. In 5 years every healthcare worker will use a mobile or tablet at work – let them use their own device!
Besides significant cost savings, what are the benefits? Imagine the ease at which a new nurse or an agency worker can be connected. He or she can be up and running in no time. Relevant jobs can be pushed out and the nurse can be given access to the patients that are to be seen that day.
What about the Patient? He or she can just as easily be connected to the ‘care system’ at the first visit or even remotely. BYOD will turbo-boost the ability to engage, coach and monitor the patient. Think about the opportunities, particularly in the area of home healthcare and long-term condition management.
Of course there are obstacles. The key concern is typically security. But billions are being spent to address this(partly driven by senior managers bringing their iPads to work). IT also worries about support issues.
The prize is worth it. With over 1 billion smartphones that are becoming more powerful by the day, healthcare providers that ignore mobile and the Bring-Your-Own-Device opportunities will lose out in the battle to provide better and more cost-effective healthcare.