With ever-increasing government regulations for clinical documentation, nurses are seeing huge impacts to their workflow, spending over 30% of their time in non-patient-care activities. This, on top of lack of budget for staff, means that existing nurses must deliver effective care all while meeting exceedingly more difficult regulatory expectations.
The Connected Clinician
So, what’s a busy nurse to do? Become a Connected Clinician, of course! New mobile applications allow for Clinical Smartphones with applications such as vitals collection, meds administration, specimen collection, alarm management, nurse call, and care team communication are in high demand.
The modern clinician needs to be able to stay connected with other workers throughout the hospital via VoIP, secure texting, email and video chat, making it easy to provide real-time status updates. Being able to refer to a patient’s medical records on a smartphone would allow clinicians to be much more efficient, accurate, and connected.
The Right Hardware
However, you can have all of the software you want, but it’s only as good as the hardware it runs on. To be a true Connected Clinician, you need a Clinical Smartphone—a “converged device” that blends the features of a laptop, barcode scanner and consumer smartphone into a rugged handheld package. Aside from accounting for drops, Clinical Smartphones can withstand chemical disinfectants used in hospitals. Additionally, the battery of a Clinical Smartphone is large enough to last the entire 12 hours of a nurses’ shift.
An ideal device for the job is the Honeywell Dolphin CT50, featuring all of the key components and so much more that transforms a nurse into a Connected Clinician.
Watch the idea of the Connected Clinician come to life with the Honeywell Dolphin CT50h: