How the iPhone is Advancing Health Care

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System has the busiest trauma center in the country, which depends on the latest technology to streamline its services. With thousands of doctors, nurses, and administrators, how do they all deliver better patient care?

You guessed it, with their iPhone!!!

Since the iPhone has built in support for Microsoft Exchange, it works perfectly with Memorial Hermann’s technological infrastructure. With the ability to remotely wipe and put passcode protection on the iPhone, keeps patients’ records secure and confidential.

In an interview with David Bradshaw, Memorial Hermann’s Chief Information, Planning and Marketing Officer, he states that “Health care is a real-time business. We need anywhere, anytime computing, and the iPhone is the best platform for the applications we’re choosing.”

With Outlook on the iPhone, accepting meetings, looking at email and attachments, downloading spreadsheets is all integrated, like having the client on the iPhone.

With hundreds of medical apps accessible, the iPhone becomes a pocket reference for everything from diagnostic tools to anatomical charts. This also allows clinicians the freedom to create their own workflow applications to streamline their day.

One of the most popular medical apps is AirStrip OB, which enables obstetricians to monitor the different stages of labor even when they’re not patient-side. Doctors can get real time data at the touch of a button with the iPhone. Like many other medical apps, Airstrip OB has a secure connection to a HIPAA compliant authentication, which many mobile devices can’t offer.

With secure remote access to patients and other clinical data, the iPhone is making its way in hospitals as a must have device. If you are in the medical field, and own an iPhone, you should see what apps are available.

Here are a few:

Lexi-Complete: Detailed information on drugs, drug interactions, diagnosis, disease management, patient education, and more.

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The Muscle System Pro: basic to advanced levels of muscles and muscle groups