As a patient, there’s nothing worse than feeling disconnected from your doctor and uninformed about your test results or procedures. Hospitals can be scary and unfamiliar places for patients — which makes the connection between patient and provider of utmost importance.
Fortunately, many hospitals today are helping strengthen this relationship by investing in iPads for their everyday tasks.
Here are three ways the Apple iPad is changing the way hospitals deliver patient care.
1. Enables easier doctor-patient communication
A hospital stay can be lonely and stressful for a patient. But with an iPad and healthcare applications such as Epic MyChart, doctor-patient communication is easier and more efficient. Not only do patients, doctors and nurses have access to critical information such as test results, vitals and upcoming procedures, but also patients can see charts, diagrams and videos that facilitate an increased understanding of their conditions.
2. Improves hospital staff’s ability to stay in the know
Hospital workers are busy! With an iPad, nurses and assistants can maximize their productivity by staying informed without interrupting their daily tasks. Instead of carting around a “mobile” workstation, nurses can move from one patient to the next more freely and efficiently. They can stay up-to-date on their patient’s information while making rounds – keeping them in the know and reducing their patient’s wait time.
Also, by using barcode-reading applications via iPad to keep track of patient medications, nurses can better ensure the right patients get the right medications.
3. Extends care beyond the hospital
Communication between healthcare providers and patients once they are released is another challenging task. But by using an iPad with applications such as Epic Canto and Haiku, patients can better stay connected to their health information and providers beyond the hospital.
Hospital staff can continue to care for their patients, regardless of location, by sharing updated patient information, receiving and answering patient queries and holding video conferences and meetings, if necessary.
Have you recently had a healthcare provider use an iPad with you? Share your experience in the comments below.