We caught up with Heath Business UK to discuss the importance of connected devices in the 21st century, mobile healthcare workforce, while assessing the essential factors and implications of the surrounding deployed tech.
IT is now an integral part of the healthcare sector. Those within medical organisations are fast looking to use tech to ease the burden on stretched staff and improve patient experience and service delivery. The way in which this technology is implemented in hospitals, clinics and other organisations has wide-reaching and serious implications, therefore, IT choice and integration needs to be carefully considered.
Connected mobile devices already play a major role in the move towards Jeremy Hunt’s ambition of a ‘digital NHS’. Devices are commonplace as the transition from paper-based records continues, allowing clinicians and other staff access to full, connected data sets while on the move.
In order for this vision to become a reality, the foundations need to be laid through the storage and charging solutions put in place. After all, if the devices are not secure, run out of charge, or are not regularly synced with up-to-the-minute data, then they are little more than an expensive paperweight.
The conversation surrounded a number of key areas for medical organisations to consider when selecting the right option for storing, transporting and syncing mobile devices.
Leading us to look at the Health and Safety aspects such as the security and protection of devices and sensitive data, the physical risks of the tech itself, to ensuring storage is fit for purpose and everyone is on board.
Although it sounds simple, the physical risk of technology is often overlooked and it would be ironic if this caused an issue in a medical setting! Hospitals, for example, often store and charge hundreds of devices. Therefore, these need to be housed away from harm in order to protect both the equipment and people. As well as positioning devices to avoid cables becoming trip hazards, they must be constantly monitored to ensure that all elements are intact.
Organisations should also ensure that their storage solutions have temperature monitoring capabilities and temperature limiters. This way, if devices do begin to overheat, chargers can be shut down until a safe temperature is restored.
The storage, charging and syncing of devices should only further support the safety and performance of a healthcare environment. By assessing and understanding health and safety certifications and requirements you can make the best, informed decision to support your patients, staff, devices and environment. Read the full article here.