It’s apparent that technology, particularly mobile, has a stronghold in the healthcare industry.
While physicians become increasingly comfortable with EMRs and voice recognition software, there are even more technological advances coming down the pike.
Here are 4 technologies physicians should consider investing in.
This pocket-sized ultrasound unit by GE Healthcare offers some big promises. From high-quality images to a reduction in exam times and costs, the portable device is worth a second look.
Check out the additional potential values offered by the system:
- Clinical Value: Adds information to exams; helps speed diagnostic decisions; helps get right patient to right exam.
- Economic Value: Helps reduce unnecessary testing, and optimizes valuable resources.
- Physician Personal Value: Portable, intuitive and quick to use; helps deepen patient connection.
- Patient Value: Prompt information, helps reduce unnecessary visits.
2. One Digital Stethoscope
Touted as the “smallest, most powerful stethoscope in the world,” Thinklabs’ One Digital Stethoscope may be just that.
The scope has ditched the traditional binaurals for a standard-sized headphone jack, allowing physicians to use headphones of their choosing. The company also offers software, Thinklink, that connects the digital scope with virtually any mobile device or laptop.
According to Thinklabs, the benefits of this arrangement are significant:
- Communication: Email or use messaging apps to send recordings instantly for Telemedicine applications.
- Education: Teach around the bedside or in class. Record & immediately share to students' mobile devices.
- Imagination: Create online sound libraries. Capture research recordings. Collaborate globally.
- Expansion: Use with multiple apps.
3. TREWGrip Mobile Dock
Nearly 80% of physicians use smartphones for work-related tasks, but less than 10% of those physicians access the EMR with them.
The reason? Perhaps it has to do with the limited functionality of their mobile device.
The TREWGrip Mobile Dock seeks to change that. Instead of struggling to type out notes via a small QWERTY keyboard on a smartphone, TREWGrip offers physicians a larger version.
Essentially, “the QWERTY key layout is split and rotated so the user’s hands can hold TREWGrip and perform 10-finger text entry.” Users can dock their smartphone or mobile device on the keyboard, allowing for integration between various apps and EMRs.
Still confused? You can see the keyboard in action here.
4. Nuance Clinic 360
While the TREWGrip keyboard allows for simplified typing on the go, many physicians would prefer orally dictating notes. Nuance, a long-time frontrunner in the healthcare voice recognition market, has developed a cloud-based platform to streamline dictation and transcription.
Nuance Clinic 360 easily integrates with various platforms and meets HIPAA compliance guidelines. Physicians can dictate from multiple devices and transcriptions are completed by a team of experienced transcriptionists within 24 hours. The software is also EMR-compatible, allowing documents to flow directly to patients' records.
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