As other industries increasingly adopt enterprise devices to streamline their operations and increase their productivity, the healthcare sector has not been left behind. In fact, it is one of the industries that has gained tremendously from the use of enterprise devices. Enterprise devices have gained popularity due to their ability to handle more complex applications and to withstand extreme environmental conditions.

The use of enterprise devices in healthcare has made it possible to improve patients’ experience, make better diagnosis, accurately administer medication, efficiently manage medical staff and health facilities. Incorporating these devices in the healthcare sector has been beneficial because they save time, resources, energy, and of course lives.

In this article, we are going to discuss the benefits of enterprise devices in healthcare.

  1. Medical Documentation

Medical records contain information on the patient’s history such as clinical findings, diagnostic test results, symptoms, medication, and the patient’s recovery process. To provide quality medical services to patients, maintaining accurate records is key. Also, the authorized medical personnel should be able to access the records easily from various locations within the facility without necessarily making calls or moving from one place to another.

The days of recording patients’ information on physical forms and later filing them in a physical file are long gone. Some health facilities have partly adopted the use of computers in managing patients’ records whereby they fill in patient’s information on a physical form and later transfer the information to a computer. This method is often time-consuming and prone to clerical errors.

By adopting enterprise devices, it has become easier to manage medical records. Enterprise devices have various input methods including touch screen keyboards, external keyboards, or stylus which make data entry much easier. The patient’s records are also updated in real-time and can be easily accessed especially in times of emergency.

  1. Facility Management

A Medical facility is always a hive of activities. Medical staff stationed in different locations are usually busy attending to their patients. Enterprise devices can be used to manage staff and daily operations within the facility. Staff shifts, surgeries, and meetings can be conveniently planned, without requiring the staff to leave their duty stations to attend a briefing elsewhere or confirm their schedules from a desktop computer located in a different location.

Enterprise devices also improve communication among staff members. If there is an emergency or a change in the work schedule every staff is immediately informed eliminating chances of mix-up and confusion which could cost lives.

  1. Medication Management and Tracking

Enterprise devices can be used to manage a patient’s medication to ensure that the right drug is administered to the right patient and in the correct dosage. This can be done through the Barcode Medication Administration (BCMA) system which is used in health facilities to prevent errors in administering medication.

The system uses scanning technology whereby a patient is given a bracelet with a unique barcode. When medication is being administered to the patient, the doctor or the nurse will scan the barcode on the patient’s bracelet and the barcode on the medication and determine whether they match. In case of a mismatch, the doctor or the nurse is promptly alerted.

Most enterprise devices have inbuilt barcode readers or can easily integrate a barcode scanner which is not the case with the normal consumer devices.

  1. Software Integration

Enterprise devices are designed to integrate with the core systems used in healthcare facilities and other specialized software used to manage patient’s diagnosis and treatment. These software include glucose meter, infusion pumps, communication platforms, Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Electronic Patient Record (EPR), and medical imaging software.

The enterprise devices have powerful processors and large storage and memory which makes it possible to run multiple applications without compromising speed and performance.

  1. Enterprise Devices are Mountable and Easily Support Add-Ons

Enterprise devices offer some level of flexibility because they can be mounted and support other peripherals all of which go a long way in providing comfort and convenience while using the devices. With the right type of mounting solutions, the enterprise devices can be mounted on a medical cart or an IV stand enabling the medical staff to easily use their hands to attend to their patients or perform other tasks. The mounting solutions are flexible which means that the tablet can be detached from the mount at any time.

Enterprise devices are built to support a variety of external devices. This includes keyboards, RFID readers, barcode scanners, scan handles, credit card readers, biometric fingerprint reader, or thermal cameras. Being able to integrate enterprise devices with different add-ons can assist the health facilities to choose a customized solution that meets their specific needs.

  1. Ruggedness

Enterprise devices are designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions. In health facilities gadgets are always being sanitized to maintain the required level of hygiene. This is usually done with sanitizing agents or chemicals which can cause damage to normal consumer devices. By using enterprise devices, this problem is eliminated because the devices can withstand the harsh chemicals.

Also, in case of accidental drops, the enterprise devices will not be damaged. This is useful especially during medical emergencies where you don’t have to worry about breaking the device due to accidental drops. You will therefore be able to focus your mind on treating the patient.

The battery life of the enterprise devices is also improved and can last up to an entire shift. This enables the medical staff to work consistently without many interruptions to recharge the devices.

As discussed above, enterprise devices have numerous benefits in the healthcare sector. To increase productivity and efficiency within your healthcare facility, you can consider using enterprise devices to manage your daily operations and manage your resources.