More than 80% of global IT decision-makers within the healthcare industry believe that mobile technologies are more important to their organisations today than they were in 2008.
In a recent research study commissioned by Motorola, respondents cited key benefits such as increased order fulfilment accuracy, reduced manual errors and increased employee productivity due to the utilization of mobile technologies within various clinical settings.
The Motorola Enterprise Mobility Healthcare Barometer identified that the key applications driving investment in healthcare include electronic health records (EHR) driven by increasing regulations, computerised physician order entry (CPOE) and medication administration.
Interestingly, surveyed decision-makers also noted investment growth in asset tracking and asset/inventory management, reflective of increasing financial pressures due to the weakening economic climate.
The Motorola Enterprise Mobility Healthcare Barometer found that respondents' usage of key mobility applications attributed to a 31% reduction in manual errors.
Medication mistakes are among the most common medical errors in the US, harming at least 1,5-million people every year. Additionally, the extra medical costs of treating drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals alone conservatively amount to $3,5-billion each year.
Other commonly-cited mobility benefits include increased employee productivity, increased compliance accuracy for quality reporting and increased order fulfilment accuracy.
"Doctors, nurses and orderlies in the healthcare industry are experiencing increased pressures from greater numbers of patients and the need to become more efficient while still providing exceptional patient care," says Vivian Funkhouser, principal: Global Healthcare Solutions for Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions.
"With a vast array of mobile computing and bar code scanning devices and RFID and wireless network technologies, Motorola is addressing the identified industry pain points by mobilizing applications to provide more efficient patient care without boundaries across the continuum of care."
Respondents showed increasing interest in voice over wireless local area networks (VoWLAN), fixed mobile convergence (FMC) and data capture offerings as part of their mobility investment strategies. A larger percentage of decision-makers within the Americas (70%) reported having a mobility strategy in place than European (46%) and Asia Pacific (41%) respondents.
Surveyed healthcare IT decision-makers indicated that return on investment (ROI) was the most commonly given justification for mobile and wireless technology investment followed closely by compliance and total cost of ownership (TCO).
The study revealed that mobile workers within a healthcare environment utilising several key mobile applications were able to recover approximately 39 minutes per day, which can lead to greater patient care and/or reduced payroll costs.