Lead the Way on Use of Mobile Devices

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Karen Utterback By Karen Utterback 
Former Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, McKesson (Retired)

Mobile Homecare Technology - Tablet and Smartphone

In all aspects of business, there are leaders, followers and laggards. So when it comes to mobile computing, are you on the cutting edge, or are you behind the curve?

Even if your home health agency hasn’t embraced the power of mobile applications such as McKesson Homecare Mobilecare, you likely have a smartphone in your pocket or on your desk right now. You might be reading this blog from such a device. And even if you don’t, chances are good that your clinicians and aides already have them.

The IT analytics firm IDC predicts that by 2015 more computer users in the United States will access the Internet through mobile devices such as smartphone and tablets than from traditional computers and hard-wired devices.

Mobile computing enables the next wave of productivity enhancements. Imagine your clinicians and therapists being able to access patient information, schedule updates and contact information for patients’ families, physicians and pharmacies in real time. How about providing clinicians and aides turn-by-turn directions from their current location to their next scheduled visit to reduce drive time while saving on mileage costs? Being able to pull up and follow a task-based care plan enables each aide visit to become more productive while assigned tasks are properly documented.

In addition to harnessing the power of mobile devices to deliver more value to patients, staff and your agency, have you considered how your agency is being represented in the mobile web world?

If your website isn’t optimized for mobile use, you may want to follow the example of McKesson Homecare MobileCare customers Masonicare in Wallingford, Conn., and Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md., that have optimized their agency websites for access on smartphones.

You probably got into the home health field or hospice field to help patients, and that should remain your top priority. But as the pace of technology continues to quicken, you can’t ignore how mobile devices and other technologies can help increase productivity for your employees and help you deliver value to your patients and your referring partners.

Explore how McKesson Homecare MobileCare will help your home health organization succeed by downloading this demo.

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