MOBILE TECH CASE STUDY
Seven-inch, consumer-based Android tablets with 4G mobile connections are becoming regular tools of the trade for 1,300 workers at Sutter Care at Home, an affiliate of
Besides providing Internet and email capabilities, the tablets, which come in four different models, use a mobile version of the Epic Systems EHR that
Workflow has improved significantly in many areas. One key development: Documentation completion now takes 24 hours instead of the 72 hours before the use of tablets.
The tablets also help improve wound care (because homecare nurses are able to use a tablet's built-in camera to take pictures of wounds and send the photos securely to the office for inclusion in the patient's EHR) and make the direct ordering of medical supplies a snap by using standardized formulary and on-the-spot Internet access.
But device management provides its own set of challenges.
"When you deploy Epic in a hospital, you have all those super-users running around with different-colored vests answering questions," says
"With tablets, it's a consumer device," adds
Read the full CHIME case study at www.cio-chime.org.
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