While an increasing number of businesses are benefiting from becoming a mobile enterprise, the healthcare industry is uniquely affected in several ways. The following are three characteristics of the medical industry that make mobility solutions particularly useful to them.
All clients are different
People often have similar tastes in food, clothing, or movies. However, when it comes to health, everyone is different. Medical professionals need to treat people as individuals, and gather data on an individual basis. Professionals can not diagnose purely based on knowledge. They need information pertaining specifically to their client, and they need this information at their fingertips.
Rapidly changing regulations and practices
Perhaps more than most industries, the medical industry is bounded by regulations coming from the government. Healthcare providers that do not leverage technology well have to pay the price when they fail regulatory inspections, or do not have efficient reporting tools to make sure they are in check.
Not only are regulations constantly evolving, but so are practices. Having instant access to industry practices as well as patient info can lead to benefits for both the client and healthcare provider.
Confidentiality is key
While privacy is important to many businesses, in the medical industry disclosing client information is often illegal. Storing and accessing this information through an insecure IT infrastructure can compromise this. That is why healthcare providers should not just assume their data is secure, but verify that it is.
Learn more about mobile enterprise services?
IBM services can help medical professionals get real-time access to time-sensitive data.You can learn more about IBM’s mobility service offerings for the healthcare industry at our Enterprise Mobility for Healthcare Providers page.