Transformative Mobile Clinical Technologies to Improve Patient Care
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Transformative Mobile Clinical Technologies to Improve Patient Care

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Technology is rapidly advancing across every industry sector, and healthcare is no exception. Yet, clinical communication technologies that facilitate more effective collaboration between caregivers have to evolve fully.

FREMONT, CA: The implementation of mobile platforms for mission-critical clinical communications has increased in healthcare. Portable systems primarily comprise software applications and hardware devices that operate on a wireless network.

Wireless push-to-talk (PTT) over cellular (PoC) is a mobile communications technology with transformative potential for medical teams. PoC turns mobile devices like tablets and smartphones into Wi-Fi or cellular network connectivity enabled walkie-talkies. Cellular infrastructure provides a reliable network with unlimited coverage that requires no maintenance or operational expenses.

PoC also supports encrypted voice messaging apps, allowing clinicians to reach team members inside the hospital and remotely while maintaining confidentiality. Voice messaging apps offer valuable functions like recording and emergency alerts, playback, location tracking, securing text messaging, or supporting video calls, enabling more effective communications between care teams, patients, and families. Wireless PTT buttons control PoC apps on mobile devices with a finger touch, allowing hands-free communications virtually. In addition, they use Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) technologies, due to which the buttons run for at least two years on a single coin cell battery.

Wearable badges are an emerging hands-free technology that uses voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) on a wireless network, enabling caregivers to handle calls or receive messages and notifications without using a handset. For example, in emergencies, teams in clinics can use voice commands to call by name, role, or group.

Ultimately, wireless technologies in healthcare are driven by software applications to consolidate caregiver communications. Mobile clinical platforms integrate with existing systems, such as nurse calls, patient records, or monitoring, and support remote collaboration and telemedicine. The result is a comprehensive clinical communications solution designed for medical professionals.

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