Can Mobile Health Improve Nurses ' Clinical Workflow Process For Patient Admissions?

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Can Mobile Health Improve Nurses’ Clinical Workflow Process for Patient Admissions? Shari Hammer University of Illinois at Chicago BHIS 530 Fall 2014 Can Mobile Health Improve Nurses’ Clinical Workflow Process for Patient Admissions? Introduction Mobile Health is defined at the mHealth Summit as any health-related service that is given using a hand-held device or mobile type of communication (Torgan, 2009). Mobile health (mHealth) technology made an appearance in the early 2000’s with the personal digital assistant (PDA), most notably the Blackberry (Ventola, 2014). Since then, the trend has grown remarkably. Experts predict that by 2015, over 500 million people will be accessing health-related applications from their smartphones (Mobile Medical, 2014; Malone, 2013). There are many types of mobile health products and serve a variety of purposes. Applications can be used for diagnosing illness, digital imaging, monitoring remotely for chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease), ECG viewers, telehealth, managing prescriptions, appointments, reference materials (drug and ICD coding information), diet, exercise, remote communication, dictation, surgical scheduling, voice, text, web browsing, camera and sound, and global positioning (Chouffani, 2011; Ventola, 2014). Traditional Nursing clinical workflow for a patient admission A patient admission is the process from the patient’s arrival to the hospital or facility to the
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