Thursday, September 09, 2010

Improving Patient Safety through Remote Monitoring #mHealth

Today is the last day of the 2nd International mHealth Networking Conference. As a physician champion for the HCPLive Network, I'm excited to blog about some of the highlights from this meeting. You can also follow updates about the mHealth Networking Conference on HCPLive.com.

I attended a session titled, "Improving Patient Safety through Remote Monitoring." The presenter was Layne Haney, Senior VP of AirStrip Technologies. Physicians want real time and history remote access to critical patient data on their mobile devices. This is especially true in the intensive care and critical care setting where clinicians want to see the waveforms, EKGs, alerts/alarms, etc.

We currently have a problem where physicians and nurses are not communicating when the doctor is away from the patient care environment. Mobile solutions like AirStrip allow physicians to access critical monitoring information on a mobile device running iOS, Android, or BlackBerry. Given that the OB/GYN setting is often a high-risk environment, the use of mobile remote monitoring solutions can improve patient safety and reduce the likelihood of medical errors.

I want to thank Epocrates for sponsoring these blog posts from the 2nd International mHealth Networking Conference. Epocrates, Inc. develops clinical information and decision support tools that enable healthcare professionals to find answers more quickly and confidently at the point of care. 

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