Here at Mobius MD, we’re committed to helping medical practices boost their EHR productivity with modern technology. That’s why, for nearly a decade, we’ve kept a weekly blog to share emerging ideas about medical workflow and smartphones in healthcare.

Smartphones are a revolutionary clinical tool already owned by nearly every doctor. Whether you’re already using mHealth or new to thinking about the role of smartphones in healthcare, you’re bound to find a thought-provoking idea on our blog.

Ten articles about smartphones in healthcare

Below are ten articles about smartphones in healthcare. Each includes a brief description so you can decide if you’re interested in clicking through to the full article.

1. How do physicians use mobile devices in healthcare?

Smartphones and tablets are quickly becoming a mainstay in healthcare. Physicians point to three main benefits of mobile devices for their practice: 

  1. better staff coordination
  2. improved patient communication 
  3. mobile access to EHRs

Smartphones are quickly becoming more fully integrated into healthcare systems as hospitals and clinics develop and update their mobile device policies.

2. 11 surprising mobile health statistics

Mobile health may seem like old news, but smartphone use for health and fitness is growing fast in 2021. There are more mobile device users and mHealth apps than ever before. Most smartphones owners have downloaded a mHealth app, and nearly every physician brings a smartphone to work. In this world of healthcare on the go, here are 11 mobile health statistics that will surprise you.

3. The best medical dictation app for iPhone

Smartphones make medical dictation easier than ever before. All you need is the right software and the smartphone already in your pocket to get started. 

If you’re a doctor who uses an iPhone, Mobius Conveyor may be the perfect dictation solution for you. Let’s look at how it works and why it stands out among medical dictation apps for iPhone. 

4. 7 ways healthcare professionals use smartphones

How do healthcare professionals use smartphones? This article draws on research published in Pharmacy and Therapeutics to describe seven primary uses. We also include examples of popular mHealth apps for each type of use.

Professionals use smartphones in healthcare to:

  • Manage information
  • Manage time
  • Access health records
  • Communicate
  • Reference
  • Monitor patients
  • Educate and train

5. Can mHealth cure physician burnout?

Medscape’s Physician Compensation Report is widely known as the go-to source for salary information and other factors affecting US doctors’ income. But tucked among the statistics about which specialties feel fairly compensated, you’ll find numbers that also tell a story about work hours and physician burnout. This article looks at what contributes to burnout and how mHealth might help. 

6. Best practices for smartphones in healthcare

Most doctors use a smartphone in their medical practice, with significant benefits and some risks. Teams should implement best practices for mobile device security, develop codes of conduct for smartphone use, and leverage the full potential of smart devices to streamline clinical workflow.

7. Should physicians use mobile EHR apps?

One of the fastest-growing mobile devices applications in healthcare is physician use of smartphones to access the EHR. This article discusses three of the most common reasons that physicians find EHR apps useful:

  1. Quicker and more accurate documentation
  2. A coordinated care team
  3. More efficient revenue streams

8. Are mHealth apps covered by HIPAA?

With hundreds of thousands of mHealth apps on the market, many Americans are using mobile devices to track and share information about their health and fitness. While some of this data qualifies as PHI, not all mHealth apps are HIPAA compliant. The growing use of smartphones in healthcare raises essential questions for physicians: Does HIPAA cover mHealth apps?

As discussed in the article, the short answer is: “it depends.”

9. Apple vs. Android: Which device offers the best healthcare data security?

While smartphones and tablets offer enormous benefits for clinical practice, they also present challenges for data security.

This article presents nine steps healthcare professionals should take to make sure they are adequately protecting patient information when accessing PHI from a mobile device. It also answers the question: Which platform is more secure – Apple or Android?

10. Unrealized potential for smartphones in healthcare

As a whole, the primary use of smartphones in healthcare has been communication. While apps support a growing variety of other mHealth capabilities, their adoption remains relatively niche.

According to a recent report, the culprit of this unrealized potential is a lack of integration. Institutions are either using older devices that can’t integrate with mobile health platforms, or the platforms themselves aren’t fitting provider workflows.

How will you use smartphones in healthcare?

How do you use your smartphone at work? Are there ways it could help improve your clinical practice? Whether for mobile dictation or easier access to the EHR, doctors use smartphones to improve their clinical workflow and save hours each week. 

Talk with your colleagues and staff about their strategies for integrating smartphones into clinical practice. Identify one small step you can take to improve your experience practicing medicine.

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