Mobile Device Application in Healthcare

Sandeep Lakkaraju (Dakota State University, USA) and Santhosh Lakkaraju (Dakota State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 307
EISBN13: 9781466641518|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2671-3.ch016
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Abstract

Clinical practitioners need to have the right information, at the right time, at the right place, which is possible with mobile healthcare information technology. This chapter will help in understanding the need for mobile device usage across six different roles in healthcare: physicians, nurses, administrative staff, pharmaceutical staff, emergency staff, and patients. Research indicates that even in this advancing digital age, there are more than 98,000 deaths because of preventable medical errors. This can be abated with proper utilization of mobile devices in the healthcare sector. Utilization of technology in the process of sharing information may help in improving the decision making, and thereby reducing the medical errors and costs involved. This chapter illustrates the implementation and the application of mobile devices in healthcare from six different user perspectives, and summarizes the advantages, challenges, and solutions associated with mobile information technology implementation in healthcare.
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