As more and more functionality is added to the smartphone, the fog surrounding mobile healthcare is starting to lift and what is emerging is the integrated mobile health platform. This includes a central hub where physicians, nurses and patients can access the necessary information to care for patients or stay healthy.

Smartphone operating systems like Apple and Android are giving more control to mobile engineers, resulting in the development of very smart mobile applications. These applications are highly secure while connecting to many different endpoints and communicating and organizing information between a variety of hospital systems.

Ultimately, the definition of a mobile health platform is a hub that receives information from all corners of a hospital system and organizes it in one place for the mobile end user to view. Whether it’s securely texting with a physician, nurse or patient, receiving a laboratory result or exchanging patient information, the platform is at the center of it all.

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I speak to many healthcare entrepreneurs every month who have excellent ideas and deal with extreme pressures on their time. Hospital CIOs and their team will never be able to stay up-to-date on every emerging technology that could impact patient care, but with a mobile health platform, they don’t have to. Implementing a mobile health platform gives a CIO the ability to integrate a new technology when they are ready and have an existing mobile endpoint to receive the information from an operator console, a pager, a medical device, active directory, EHR or a call scheduling system.

An effective mobile health platform has three pillars. The first is enhanced secure texting and communication functions making it easy for providers and nurses to work together and improve efficiency. The second pillar is systems integration, providing seamless integration into existing healthcare software programs and systems. The third pillar is clinical innovation resulting in the delivery of mobile products and features that improve physician workflow and ultimately patient care.

The ideal platform addresses these three pillars and includes built in flexibility so organizations can adopt new technology at their desired pace. The days of healthcare technology silos are rapidly coming to a close and the mobile health platform is leading the way.

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