Currently the most accessible mobile apps for health providers focus on access to knowledge. It makes sense, as it is the lowest hanging fruit. This doesn’t meant that it is easy though, rather that it isn’t as complex as other challenges.
There is a wide range of available options of apps out there for nurses. Raney Linck (@RNNext) does a great job of covering apps in medicine at RNNext.com. Many of them really focus on information related to drugs, disease, and healthcare management of the patient.
Information is a huge gap in healthcare. Many hospitals and healthcare providers don’t have access to information support. The affordability and accessibility of mobile applications can make a dramatic impact on care of patients. It is a good thing, however, there are many other challenges that mobile apps can help us take on as well.
This morning a radio program was talking about the limited time nurses actually get to spend with patients. They also talked about the role of interdisciplinary care and maximizing the role of all involved.
My thought, was how can apps also maximize the time nurses spend with patients. Then I got an email about an app Nurse Time. An interesting idea for sure.
One of the biggest challenges as patient load and complexity of patient care needs increase is time. Now, I don’t think there is such time management. No matter how good a manager of time you may think you are only get 24 hours in a day. Period. The different comes when we can set our priorities different, when we can improve how effectively and efficiently we do things. For example, decrease documentation time, less time checking charts and finding information, and increasing time with patients.
Now the Nurse Time app is okay at best. It could help set some alarms and take a note here and there, and make managing the information and priorities of a shift easier. Underneath it though, the concept is very interesting.
The next generation of apps for nurses will help set priorities, document and share information, with patients and other providers. That is where the next frontier of apps for nurses is heading, and their value will be measure by increase of time with patients, complexity that can be dealt with, cross-team collaboration, and improved patient outcomes.
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