Computing in Nursing Study
June 16, 2004 - A recent comprehensive report produced
Consulting entitled "Mobile Computing in Nursing"
discusses the current state of mobile computing within the nursing
profession. It identifies the market drivers, trends, opportunities
and challenges to using mobile computing devices and nursing applications
at the point of care.
Mobile Computing in Nursing provides valuable insights
into how nurses are using mobile computing solutions at the bedside
and how these solutions can best be used to solve existing workflow
inefficiencies. The study uncovers strong opinions regarding the
market opportunities and challenges for deploying mobile nursing
solutions within healthcare organizations today.
According to the high-tech market research firm
more than 90% of nurses are reluctant to use the TabletPC for
bedside nursing. Nurses reported that the TabletPC is an inappropriate
form factor because the TabletPC is to fragile to large and heavy
and has inadequate battery life.
The Spyglass Consulting Group also found that:
Nurses are also reluctant to use Computers on
Wheels (COWs) because they are heavy and awkward to push, "never
around when you need one", violate JACHO and fire regulations,
and are not well suited for older hospitals where hallways,
doorways and rooms are often smaller.
- 87% of the nurses interviewed own and use a PDA, with 75% using
a Palm Powered device.
Mobile computing can increase nursing productivity
- Mobile computing can enhance patient safety and reduce the risks
of medial errors.
Nurses represent a large market opportunity that can exploit the
potential benefit of information technology. According to hospital
administrators interviewed, the need for nursing automation and
mobile computing is being driven by a number of powerful market
- Renewed industry focus on patient safety
- Aging baby boomer population
- Skyrocketing healthcare costs
- Acute nursing shortage
- Healthcare industrys under-investment in IT
Market Opportunity. Mobile computing is poised to revolutionize
the way nurses provide care at the bedside to improve nursing productivity
and efficiency, increase patient safety and reduce risk of medical
errors. With mobile computing, nurses can:
- Generate structured clinical documentation
- Automate safety checks through bar code technology
- Access information on-demand
- Automate vital sign data collection
- Facilitate real-time communications with team members
- Practice evidence-based nursing
Today, mobile computing is gaining momentum at healthcare organizations
around the country. Healthcare organizations are implementing mobile
computing initiatives primarily with computers-on-wheels enabling
nurses to do clinical documentation and bar code medication administration
at the patients bedside. Large numbers of nurses are also
independently purchasing mobile devices and standalone reference
based tools themselves.
While a growing number of organizations are implementing mobile
nursing solutions, a significant number of challenges exist for
widespread deployment. These challenges include:
- Priority of nursing automation
- Quality of HCIT vendor products
- Clinician adoption
The report: "Healthcare without Bounds - Mobile Computing
in Nursing", is copyright Spyglass Consulting, who have kindly
given us permission to reproduce this report in part here. The entire
report is available for $1,495 (USD) form the Spyglass Consulting
Gregg Malkary; Managing Director of the Spyglass Consulting Group
can be reached by email.