May 17, 2020

Tips for Developing a Hospital mHealth Strategy

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Mobile Technology Needs To Be Part Of Hospital Strategy
Hospitals the world over are talking about mHealth, and a mobile health strategy is becoming a concern for the c-suite similarly to supply chain manage...

Hospitals the world over are talking about mHealth, and a mobile health strategy is becoming a concern for the c-suite similarly to supply chain management and patient care. It’s a big talking point and a topic that cannot be ignored. Hospital CIOs and healthcare IT administrators are looking for new ways to get their heads around mHealth; physicians and nurses are already using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets in their professional day (at the moment, largely for reference purposes), however, many experts in hospital management believe that mHealth tools and applications can, and should, be used more widely to improve processes and patient care.

Healthcare Global takes a look at ways to implement mHealth within a hospital environment and offers best practice tips for developing a watertight mHealth strategy >>> 

#1. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

BYOD strategies are becoming increasingly more popular across many industries, including healthcare. Many health institutions are allowing their employees to use personal devices in a working environment to access information and applications. BYOD strategies have many plus points, for example employees are familiar with their devices making them more efficient, however there are also risks involved when allowing employees to access company information from their own laptops, smartphones and tablets. When implementing BYOD guidelines, be sure to address safety and security online, for example make sure all secure data is password protected and be sure to have systems in place that allow for password changes should an employee leave the business.

 #2. Utilizing Apps In A Hospital Environment

Healthcare executives have in the past shied away from using external applications through fear of diluting information. However, regulators such as Happtique have begun entering the market place providing healthcare executives and professionals with industry standards and benchmarks, thus the use of mobile applications is becoming more widespread and trusted. Hospitals can use apps in many ways, not just to improve patient care, but also to save costs by transferring operations such as billing, room scheduling, payroll and coding to an app format.

#3. Mobile Patient Management Tools

Mobile health has taken a front seat when it comes to delivering patient care. Telehealth robots have begun walking the corridors of hospitals signaling a move towards more and more telehealth applications and devices. Real-time video applications have facilitated this growth. Telehealth is going to continue to grow at a rapid pace, don’t be afraid to embrace it – just as with anything, make sure your staff are properly trained to avoid any hiccups.

#4. Mobile EHR

EHRs are big news in the healthcare arena at the moment, with many physicians and healthcare execs seeing the benefits of adopting the new technology. EHR is being adopted on a mass scale, however many physicians are yet to see its full potential because they are not using it on a mobile platform. Mobile EHR should be encouraged in a hospital environment; it leads to efficiencies, error reduction and cost savings. It is also important to note that proper training needs to be given to ensure patient care is not compromised during the transition.

#5. Secure Messaging

As part of Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, there needs to be secure messaging with patients. In addition, secure and HIPAA compliant messaging among providers and others in the hospital is warranted.

Hospitals present unique workplace issues and deserve special considerations regarding mobile technologies. IT personnel need to develop mobile strategies today to benefit the healthcare provision of tomorrow. 

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Jun 18, 2021

Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool 

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Skin Analytics uses AI to detect skin cancer and will be deployed across the NHS to ease patient backlogs

An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system. 

NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion. 

Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making. 

In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog. 

Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening. 

DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.

Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges. 

"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”

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