Assignment 3: Mobile Computing and Social Networking
November 24, 2013
The U.S. market for advanced patient monitoring systems has grown from $3.9 billion in 2007 to $8.9 billion in 2011 and is forecast to reach $20.9 billion by 2016, according to a study by Kalorama Information. Efforts to reduce costs in healthcare, avoid emergency room overcrowding, and prepare for a growing number of elderly patients in the years to come are a few of the drivers for the adoption of these systems. (Remote Patient Monitoring, 2012)
Compare and contrast monitoring of patient vital signs using mobile computing technology to in-patient visits to the doctor’s office or hospital. ...view middle of the document...
The nurse would connect the patient to a bedside monitoring device such as a heart monitor and blood pressure machine. The nurse would later document the results in a mobile computer or the results were written on paper, the medical professional left the patient’s room to manually document the results into the electronic chart using computers. Often times, documentation occurred hours or days after the results were produced. Physicians recommend treatment options based on these outdated vital results, which is an ineffective not to mention dangerous method. New technologies in patient monitoring are designed to reduce spending and streamline patient care while reducing patient risk such as medical errors and hospital infections.
Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile computing technology to monitor patients.
Wireless technology can increase efficiency of health care delivery which usually results into saving money and improving patient care. With wireless technology health care providers have the ability to access real-time patient data, clinical histories, treatments, medications, tests, lab results, and insurance information. Using wireless networks and mobile computing solutions, health care providers can gain access to important information anywhere in the healthcare network. The following examples are advantages of mobile computing technology: When wireless devices are installed in ambulances the paramedics do not need to make advance calls the emergency department. Instead wireless video system and audio automatically sends vital signs and ECG rhythm strips from the moving ambulance to the hospital; then the emergency department receives the data in real-time. Mobile workstations allow nurses to collect patient information and carry out real-time charting in the patient’s electronic medical record. In addition they can also place orders for equipment and add other therapies. Mobile workstations are much more efficient than having the nurses run back and forth from the nursing station in order to manually input and retrieve data. Mobile scanning devices can be used by nurses to access Internet-based electronic medication records (databases). The nurses can scan the bar-coded medication and the patient’s bar-coded ID bracelet to confirm that the right medication is given to the right patient at the right time and dosage. Mobile systems like this have the benefits of improving medication management by eliminating medical errors and reducing cost. Wireless technology allows a hospital to make any bed a ‘monitored bed’. The benefits of this are that it allows continuous and non-invasive tracking of the patient’s vital signs without disturbing them. When patients leave the hospitals they can still be monitored by the nurses from home. Some wireless units offer telemetry monitors which track a number of vital signs and send it back to the nursing workstation. The use of mobile technology allows doctors to assist patients...